Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants

Funding Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency

 EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. Priority for funding will also be given to projects that engage and  benefit local communities already overburdened by air pollution, protect grant funded investments from severe weather events caused by climate change, and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $115 million under this NOFO. Awards will be selected and managed by EPA’s ten regional offices. EPA anticipates 4-10 cooperative agreements awards per EPA region, subject to the availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other considerations. 

Closing Date: Friday, December 1st, 2023 

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Eligibility Requirements

Applications will be accepted from regional, state, or local agencies; Tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) or Alaska Native Villages; or port authorities, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.  School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities, and counties are all generally eligible entities under the program to the extent that they fall within these categories. Applications will also be accepted from nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets; or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. 

Multiple Application Submission: If the applicant is submitting multiple applications, each  application must include a different project(s) and must be submitted separately. Applicants cannot include the same project(s) in multiple applications. If an applicant submits more than one application that requests funding for the same project, the applicant will be contacted prior to EPA review of any of the applications to determine which application(s) the applicant will withdraw from the competition.  

Amount Description

EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $115 million under this NOFO: $58 million in FY 2022 funding and $57 million in FY 2023 funding; it is anticipated that approximately 4-10 cooperative agreements will be made per each of EPA’s ten regions subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, and other considerations. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

December 1, 2023