Funding for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding is now open. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately $115 million as part of this opportunity in the form of grants and rebates with the intention of protecting human health and protecting air quality through clean energy heavy-duty vehicles. Awards of up to $4.5 million for each applicant will be selected by the ten EPA regional offices for an expected total of 100 awards, with four to ten cooperative agreement grantees in each region.

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment include school buses, class 5 – class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, locomotive engines, marine engines, and nonroad engines, equipment, or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining, or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Applications must be submitted electronically through by Friday, December 1, 2023, at 10:59 pm Central Time (CT). The EPA will be hosting a webinar information session on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 2:00 pm CT. Applicants have until November 10, 2023, to submit questions to the EPA, and the anticipated notification of award selection is March 2024.