Funding for Projects to Improve Air Quality at Ports
Deadline: Thursday, December 11, 2014
|Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF) (58 pp, 390 K, September 2014, About PDF)
(2 pp, 390 K, November 2014, About PDF)
|Thursday, September 18, 2014|
|Deadline for Applications||Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST|
|Notification of Selected Applicants||February 2015|
|Funding of Awards||March 2015|
- Ports RFP Sample Project Narrative Format (Word) (8 pp, 130 K, September 2014, About PDF)
- Ports RFP Sample Applicant Fleet Description Format (Excel) (430 K, September 2014, About PDF)
- Ports RFP Priority County and Area List (PDF) (8 pp, 150 K, September 2014, About PDF)
- Eligible Nonroad Engines and Equipment Model Years (PDF) (5 pp, 430 K, September 2014, About PDF)
- Drayage Operating Sample Guidelines (PDF) (1 pp, 50 K, April 2014 About PDF)
- Information Session Webinar Slides (PDF) (32 pp, 400 K, October 2014, About PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Weekly FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Ports RFP (PDF) (14 pp, 100 K, November 14, 2014, About PDF) will be updated weekly. Please e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and type "Ports RFP Question" in the subject line. All questions and answers, including those from all information sessions, will be added to this document.
Public port authorities or state and local government agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are eligible to apply for funding under this competition. Community groups, terminal operators, shipping carriers and other entities involved in port operations are encouraged to participate through partnerships with eligible applicants. Please see Section III of the RFP for additional information regarding eligibility.
Eligible Uses of Funding
Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use:
- Retrofit technologies that are verified or certified by either
- Idle-reduction technologies for marine vessels and locomotives that are EPA verified
- Early replacement and repower with certified engine configurations (incremental costs only)
Drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and non-road engines or vehicles used in cargo handling may also qualify for funding.
Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emissions reductions mandated under federal law. Equipment used for testing emissions or for fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.
The RFP includes information on how to prepare and submit a proposal package. The proposal package must be received by December 11, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST and include the following information:
- Cover Page
- Project Narrative and Work Plan (no more than 10 pages)
- Standard Form SF 424 – Application for Federal Assistance (PDF) (6 pp, 200 K, About PDF) (not included in page limit)
- Standard Form SF 424A – Budget Information (PDF) (4 pp, 150 K, About PDF) (not included in page limit)
- Applicant Fleet Description information (not included in page limit)
- Cost-Share and Partnership Commitment Letters (not included in page limit)
- Mandated Measures Justification and Substantiation Letters, if applicable (not included in page limit)
After the closing date, all eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked. Selected projects may be fully or partially funded.
Please refer to the full RFP for specific information about this competition.
Tools and Resources for Applicants
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA): Technologies, Fleets and Projects Information (PDF)(36 pp, 1.3 MB, EPA-420-P-11-001, October 2011, About PDF)
- "Preparing your DERA Grant Application: What You Need to Know"
National Clean Diesel Campaign and successful grant recipients provide tips on how to improve your grant application in a web conference presentation (webinar).
- Tips for a Successful Diesel Retrofit Project (PDF)(7 pp, 500 K, EPA-420-B-13-025, April 2013, About PDF)
Based on over ten years of experience, the National Clean Diesel Campaign has compiled tips to help you get started and avoid common mistakes.
- Reporting Templates for DERA Grantees
2013 Grant Recipients Read the press release announcing the awards
Under the 2013 DERA Ports RFP, EPA awarded $4.2 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants. The six projects will retrofit or replace diesel engines resulting in immediate emissions reductions of harmful pollutants.
- City of Los Angeles Harbor Department – Port of Los Angeles Cargo Handling Equipment Retrofit Project
Location: San Pedro Bay/Los Angeles, CA
Award Amount: $469,000
Project Summary: This project will retrofit 14 pieces of cargo handling equipment with diesel particulate filters at the Port of Los Angeles.
Media News: $469,000 Grant for Equipment Retrofit Aimed at Further Improving L.A. Harbor Air Quality Exit
- Maryland Port Administration – Port of Baltimore Drayage Truck Replacement Program
Location: Baltimore & Anne Arundel Counties, MD
Award Amount: $750,000
Project Summary: This project will provide incentives to replace 35 pre-1997 model year drayage trucks in service at the Port of Baltimore with trucks powered by 2010 or newer certified engines.
Media News: Port Awarded Funding to Improve Air Quality (PDF) Exit
- Port of Hueneme – Phase II Shore Power Infrastructure Project
Location: Ventura County, CA
Award Amount: $500,000
Project Summary: This project will complete electrification of Wharf #1 and allow the port to supply shore-side power to ocean going vessels at all three berths simultaneously, thereby reducing emissions from ship idling.
Media News: Port Receives Environmental Protection Agency Grant Exit
Port of Hueneme awarded $500,000 EPA grant for power system Exit
- Port of Seattle – Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound 2 (ScRAPS 2) Drayage Truck Replacement Project
Location: King County, WA
Award Amount: $1.2 million
Project Summary: This project will provide incentives to replace 40 older heavy-duty drayage trucks with trucks powered by 2010 or newer certified engines. The project will supplement the port’s existing ScRAPS 2 truck replacement program.
Media News: New Drayage Truck Requirements, New Truck Scrapping Program Exit
- Port of Tacoma – Switcher Locomotive Repower
- Virginia Port Authority – Hybrid Shuttle Carrier Demonstration Project