Funding for Projects to Improve Air Quality at Ports

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding Opportunity

The Request for Proposals closed on December 11, 2014


Activity Date
Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF) (58 pp, 390 K, September 2014, About PDF)

Amendment 1(2 pp, 390 K, November 2014, About PDF)
September 18, 2014
RFP Closed  December 11, 2014
Notification of Selected Applicants February 2015
Funding of Awards March 2015

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Weekly FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Ports RFP (PDF) (15 pp, 104 K, December 4, 2014, About PDF).

Eligible Applicants

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:

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.

Grant Process

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:

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

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Awarded Projects

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.