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State Grants: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)


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EPA allocates DERA funds to eligible U.S. states and territories for the establishment of diesel emissions reduction programs.

Using the formula outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (PDF)(551 pp, 3.16 MB, August 2005), the State Grants are allocated 30 percent of the annual DERA appropriation. 

Of the state portion of the funding, two-thirds is provided to participating states and territories as base funding. The remaining third is allocated as an incentive to those states and territories that voluntarily provide a match equal to the base funding. States and territories with open 2019 DERA State Grants that choose to participate in 2020 will receive 2020 funds as a supplemental amendment to their existing 2019 grant.

Note: States intending to use Volkswagen mitigation funds for the DERA Option in the VW partial settlement should review the DERA Option Factsheet (PDF)(8 pp, 311 K, April 2019, EPA-420-F-19-042).

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2020 Funding Schedule

Activity Date
Release of Notice of Intent to Participate (NOIP) form Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Webinar for states and territories
Held Monday, March 2, 2020
Link to Presentation Materials (PDF)(37 pp, 351 K, March 2020)
Deadline for states and territories to submit Notice of Intent to Participate form to  Tuesday, March 10, 2020
States and territories will be notified of final allocation amounts via email Friday, March 13, 2020
Deadline for states and territories to submit Work Plan and Budget Narrative, and Fleet Description to their EPA Region for review Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Deadline for states and territories to submit application on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Project period for FY 2020 awards begins. Regional offices will finalize the FY 2020 Program awards prior to October 1, 2020 Thursday, October 1, 2020

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2020 DERA State Grants Program Documents

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Application Package and Submission Information

Participating states and territories must submit a complete application package electronically to EPA through after they have received their final allocation amount and have had their work plan approved by their EPA Region Project Officer. See Section VII of the 2019-2020 DERA Grants Program Guide for full application content and submission instructions.

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Eligible Uses of Funding

States and territories may use their grants to fund diesel emissions reduction projects that use:

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Reporting Templates for States and Territories

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