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2020 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) National Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs to Protect the Environment

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Conf. Date:

01/14/20

Deadline Date:

02/26/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and school districts for programs to protect the environment. Funding is intended to support projects that reduce the amount of emissions produced by diesel engines through solutions that include verified retrofit technologies. Priority will be given to vehicles that operate in areas with poor air quality, or that service goods movement facilities.

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles such as those used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining or energy production.

Eligible diesel emissions reduction solutions include verified retrofit technologies such as exhaust after-treatment technologies, engine upgrades, and cleaner fuels and additives, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies, verified low rolling resistance tires, certified engine replacements and conversions, and certified vehicle or equipment replacement. 

Further priority for funding is given to projects with outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities in the design and performance of the project, and those which demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

For further information on DERA Programmatic Priorities please see: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-12/documents/2020-dera-national-grants-competition-12-2019.pdf#page=18

To be eligible for funding, verified retrofit technologies must be on EPA’s (www.epa.gov/verified-diesel-tech/verified-technologies-list-clean-diesel) or CARB’s (www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/verdev/vt/cvt.htm) Verified Technologies lists at the time of acquisition, must be used only for the vehicle/engine application specified on the lists, and must meet any applicable verification criteria. EPA will not fund stand-alone cleaner fuel/additive use. To be eligible for funding, verified fuels and additives must be for new or expanded use, and must be used in combination, and on the same vehicle, with a new eligible verified engine retrofit or an eligible engine upgrade or an eligible certified engine, vehicle, or equipment replacement funded under this RFA.

Eligible project costs are those costs directly related to the implementation, management, and oversight of the project, including recipient and subrecipient personnel and benefits, equipment, contractual, travel, supplies, subgrants and rebates, and indirect costs. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156026

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$44,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 80 - EPA anticipates 2 to 8 cooperative agreement awards per EPA region, subject to the availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other considerations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

Term of Contract:

The estimated project period for awards resulting from this solicitation is expected to begin on September 1, 2020. EPA anticipates most projects can be completed within 24 months, however initial project periods of up to 36 months will be allowed where justified by the activities, timeline and milestones detailed in the workplan.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Under this solicitation, only the following entities are eligible to apply for assistance, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 16131 and CFDA 66.039:

A regional, state, or local agency, tribal government (or intertribal consortium) or native village, or port authority, which has jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.
School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all generally eligible entities under this assistance agreement program to the extent that they fall within this definition.

A nonprofit organization or institution that:
- Represents or provides pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets; or
- Has, as its principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

Non-profit organization, as defined by 2 CFR 200.70, means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization that: (1) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) is not organized primarily for profit; and (3) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve and/or expand its operations.

Note that 2 CFR Part 200 specifically excludes the following types of organizations from the definition of “non-profit organization” because they are separately defined in the regulation: (i) institutions of higher education; and (ii) state, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments. While not considered to be a “non-profit organization(s)” as defined by 2 CFR 200.70, Institutions of Higher Education are, nevertheless, eligible to submit applications under this RFA to the extent they fall within the definition above. Hospitals operated by state, tribal, or local governments or that meet the definition of nonprofit at 2 CFR 200.70 are also eligible to apply. For-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals are not eligible to apply.

For-profit organizations are not an eligible entity for this funding opportunity. Additionally, non-profit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

For the purposes of this RFA, “intertribal consortium” is defined as a partnership between two or more tribes that is authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program. Intertribal consortia are eligible to receive assistance under this program only if the consortium demonstrates that all members of the consortium meet the eligibility requirements for the program and authorize the consortium to apply for and receive assistance by submitting to EPA documentation of (1) the existence of the partnership between Indian tribal governments, and (2) authorization of the consortium by all its members to apply for and receive the assistance.

Please note that although tribes are eligible to apply for funding under this RFA, the DERA program also expects to issue a separate FY 2020 DERA Tribal Grant RFA in 2020. Please visit the following webpage for more information and updates: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/cleandiesel-tribal-grants.

Please note that although DERA grant funds and matching funds cannot be used for stationary energy storage systems that power the equipment (e.g. batteries) and their installation, and DERA grant funds and matching funds cannot be used for on-site power generation systems that power the equipment (e.g., solar and wind power generation equipment) and their installation, applicants and their partners may add these components at their own expense outside the scope of the grant.

For additional information on Eligible and Ineligible Project Costs please see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-12/documents/2020-dera-national-grants-competition-12-2019.pdf#page=15

Pre-proposal Conference:

EPA will host several information sessions regarding this RFA. EPA encourages potential applicants to take advantage of these information sessions to learn more about the DERA program and the grant application process. EPA will highlight any changes to the program from previous years, review eligibility criteria, funding limits and mandatory cost share requirements, and discuss the available options for funding partner fleets. Participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by EPA in a public forum. Pre- registration is not required. Webinar links and dial-in information for the information sessions can be found at: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants#rfa2020.

Funding Opportunity Information Sessions:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Join Webinar:
https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/GKLCM5S6
1+ (202) 991-0477, 4149804# (audio dial-in number)

Link to Presentation (PDF): https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/GKLCM5S6

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
Monday, December 9, 2019 RFA Opens
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 RFA Closes – Applications Due
April-May 2020 Anticipated Notification of Selection
June-October 2020 Anticipated Award

EPA will respond to questions from applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the application, and requests for clarification about any of the language or provisions in the announcement through the questions and answers document.

All questions submitted via email by 4:00 p.m. ET each Friday during the RFA open period will be answered and posted in the questions and answers document the following week. The deadline for submitting questions via email is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The final posting of the questions and answers document will be Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

It is recommended that you try to submit your application to Grants.gov at least three days prior to the deadline. It is essential to allow sufficient time to ensure that your application is properly submitted to Grants.gov before the due date.

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through Grants.gov because of limited or no internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials to Grants.gov, the applicant must contact by email or the address listed in Contact Information below in writing (e.g., by hard copy, email) at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline under this announcement to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method.

Mandatory Cost Share Requirement: Projects are subject to the funding limitations and mandatory cost share requirements as listed in the Request for Applications available in the Supporting Documents below.

Additional provisions that apply to this solicitation and/or awards made under this solicitation, including but not limited to those related to DUNS, SAM, copyrights, disputes, and administrative capability, subrecipients and contractors (including individual consultants), can be found at: www.epa.gov/grants/epa-solicitation-clauses. These, and the other provisions that can be found at the website link, are important, and applicants must review them when preparing applications for this solicitation. If you are unable to access these provisions electronically at the website above, please communicate with the EPA contact listed in this solicitation to obtain the provisions.

Applicants can receive a DUNS number, at no cost, by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1-866-705-5711, or visiting the D&B website: http://www.dnb.com/

To learn more about SAM, go to SAM.gov or System for Award Management: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/#1#1

- Request For Applications: https://www.epa.gov/grants/2020-dera-national-grants-competition
- View this opportunity at Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322946

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants may email written questions to: cleandiesel@epa.gov.

Mailing Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

Courier Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

OMS-ARM-OGDWaivers@epa.gov

For further information, contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ATTN: Faye Swift, DERA Grants and Policy Team Leader
OAR, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
WJ Clinton Building North
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (6406A)
Washington, DC 20460

Phone: (202) 343-9147
Email: swift.faye@epa.gov

Grant Coverage Areas:

A map showing Clean Diesel Collaboratives with EPA Regions and Contacts is available here: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/contact-us-about-clean-diesel.

CFDA Number:

66.039

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OAR-OTAQ-20-02

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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