Businesses and organizations from the public and private sector are eligible to apply for grants to fund projects that reduce emissions from diesel engines.
More than $1.1 million is available to fund eligible projects through the Mobile Sources Emissions Reductions grant program.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality will accept grant applications through DAQ’s online Grant Management System no later than 11:59 p.m. Feb. 2, 2024.
The grant request for proposals guidance, along with information on how to apply, are on the division’s website. To guarantee enough time to apply, new users to the Grants Management System should request online access before Jan. 15, 2024.
The annual grants are often awarded to replace or repower with new, clean equipment and vehicles school buses, nonroad construction and agricultural equipment, heavy-duty on-road vehicles and locomotives. Clean vehicles emit less greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter than old diesel engines, officials said.
Projects to replace diesel vehicles with electric vehicles receive bonus points during the scoring process. Bonus points are available for projects in environmental justice communities or historically under-resourced counties, as well as to projects submitted by minority-owned or women-owned businesses.
To assist applicants with the process, DAQ will hold informational webinars on Dec. 1 to review the Request for Proposals guidance, eligibility criteria, cost-shares and application requirements. The second webinar Jan. 10 will review the application process and how to use the DAQ Grants Management System. Registration for both webinars is required and can be done online.
The 2023 Mobile Sources Emissions Reductions grant program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. The purpose is to support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions. These include emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
For more information about the Mobile Sources Emissions Reductions grant program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need this information in Spanish or another language, call 919-609-2189 or email to Guadalupe.Jimenez@deq.nc.gov.