DEEP: Grants & Funding

Diesel Grants & Funding

Current Opportunities  DEEP Ongoing Grant-Funded Projects  DEEP Recently Completed Grant-Funded  Projects Projects Funded by the National DERA Program 

Current Opportunities:

To the extent resources are available, DEEP can provide assistance to entities and individuals seeking to apply for these grants:

State Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding: The Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), contained within the Energy Policy Act of 2005, provides grants and loans to states and other eligible entities to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions.  DEEP receives funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the State DERA Program.  From time to time, project proposals have been solicited from municipalities, organizations, and individuals for diesel reduction projects that are environmentally and economically beneficial.  Requests for proposals are listed below.

Request for Clean Diesel Projects - $213,000 will be made available for Connecticut’s FY18 State DERA Program; DEEP has reserved the opportunity to double its State DERA allocation if demand is sufficient.  For detailed information, see the guidance document below.
   Proposal Deadline Extended to November 27, 2018
Connecticut's Volkswagen NOx Mitigation Program: In 2018, over $50 million will be available for various nitrogen oxide (NOx) mitigation projects, including diesel reduction projects.  While incentives under the VW Program are potentially more generous, many clean diesel projects that are eligible for the State DERA Program, are not eligible for VW funding.
National Clean Diesel Campaign Grants:  Requests for proposals for the National Clean Diesel Campaign and related information are posted on EPA's Clean Diesel Website.  For additional information on this program, see:  Federal Funds Information Issue Brief 05-34 (PDF, 134 KB)

EPA Region 1 Grant Opportunities: EPA’s Boston office provides information regarding Grants and Funding in New England on its website.

Clean Cities Grant Programs: Your organization may be able to take advantage of incentive and financial opportunities for reducing petroleum use in your fleet of vehicles.  See US Department of Energy Clean Cities Program for further details.

EPA Open Announcements: EPA maintains a listing of open announcements for grants, fellowships and other funding for environmental projects.

DEEP Ongoing Grant-Funded Projects:
2017-2018 State DERA Grant

In October of 2017, DEEP received a new year of funding from EPA’s State DERA program.  DEEP has received a second year of funding to support projects that must be completed in the 2018 fiscal year.  DEEP’s activities under the program are subject to the terms of the agreements below.
The 2017 FY State DERA projects are being funded by a combination of DEEP’s 2017 State DERA allocation, “DERA Option” matching funds from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) and an EPA match incentive.   DEEP conducted an open and competitive solicitation in the fall of 2017 after which three projects were selected for funding:
  • Metropolitan District (MDC) in Hartford: $137,628.23 toward the early replacement of a Vactor truck for pumping sewers;
  • Town of Coventry: $45,115.77 toward the early replacement of a heavy-duty, snow-plowing dump truck; and
  • C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.: $350,110.83 toward the replacement of twelve (12) diesel-powered refrigerated trailers with hybrid electric refrigerated trailers and the installation of sixty (60) electric connection stations, for all the hybrid electric refrigerated trailers in the fleet, to effectively eliminate diesel idling at the Windsor Locks distribution center.
The MDC and Coventry grants are being awarded from DEEP’s 2017 State DERA allocation and may be increased when the VW Trust funds become available.

DEEP Recently Completed, Grant-Funded Projects:
2014-2016 State DERA2 Grant

Three projects were selected to receive DERA2 funding following an open competition in 2014.  These projects were completed and the equipment is in use.  {Box Truck}
  • $9,570.62 to install idle-reduction technology on two switch engines based in New Haven and owned by the Providence and Worcester Railway Company.
  • $22,699.69 toward early replacement of a box truck for the Connecticut Department of Correction; and
  • $51,068.00 toward early replacement of a refuse collection truck owned by D. A. Vento Refuse, LLC of Wilton.
In the fall of 2015, an open and competitive process resulted in the selection of four early replacement projects, all of which were successfully completed.

  • $46,057.00 toward early replacement of a pay loader for the Town of Wethersfield;
  • $23,193.84 toward early replacement of a box truck for the Connecticut Department of Correction;
  • $37,638.13 toward early replacement of a hook lift refuse collection truck owned by D. A. Vento Refuse, LLC of Wilton; and
  • $20,341.72 toward early replacement of a snow-plowing dump truck for the Town of Ledyard.
DEEP conducted an open and competitive process for selecting four new projects in the fall of 2016.  All projects were successfully completed and the equipment is in use.
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  • $97,245.60 toward the repowering of two fishing vessels for Jeanette T. Fisheries, LLC;
  • $21,927.32 toward early replacement of a box truck for the Connecticut Department of Correction;
  • $12,394.00 toward early replacement of a skid steer loader for the Town of Wethersfield; and
  • $57,091.08 toward early replacement of a snow-plowing dump truck for the Town of West Hartford.
2012-2013 State DERA2 Grant

After an open competition, the 2012 funding of $130,892.00 was awarded to the Connecticut
{SeldenIII Ferry} Department of Transportation to replace the engines on the Chester/Hadlyme river ferry, the Selden III.  The project was completed and the vessel was back in service on April 1, 2013.
Following an open and competitive process, three projects were selected for 2013 DERA2 funding.  The following two were completed and the trucks are in service:

  • $27,246 to replace a maintenance dump truck for the Town of Wethersfield; and
  • $27,246 to replace a refrigerated box truck for the Connecticut Department of Correction. 
SEP-Funded Diesel Replacement Program

In January of 2013, DEEP initiated a program to provide incentives for the replacement of diesel trucks in the state. The funds are from settlement of a case involving environmental violations with American Electric Power Service Corporation, Columbus, Ohio and were required to be used to reduce diesel emissions in heavy traffic areas in environmental justice communities. An open competition yielded 37 proposals from which seven were selected for funding under this program. The following municipalities received up to 25% of the cost of a new truck: Enfield, Middletown, Naugatuck, Plainville, Stamford, Waterbury and Wethersfield.
2008-2012 State DERA Grant

{Children with Schoolbus} DEEP received four years of funding from EPA’s State DERA program. In 2008, the initial year of funding was used to implement the Connecticut Clean School Bus Program, which installed emission controls on 353 school buses in the state. In subsequent years, DEEP conducted outreach efforts and, in accordance with DERA requirements, competitive processes to {Tugboat Gotham} award funding to the following projects:
  • a marine engine upgrade for Cross Sound Ferry’s MV Susan Anne;
  • replacement of a diesel-powered truck with a CNG-powered truck for Enviro Express, LLC;
  • marine engine replacement for D. Brake Marine, LLC’s Tugboat Gotham;
  • replacement of four standard recycling trucks with two single-stream, automated recycling trucks for the Town of Enfield;
  • replacement of a shuttle bus for the University of Hartford; and
  • replacement of two maintenance trucks for the Town of Middlebury.
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2008 NEDC/DERA Grant
In 2008, following a competitive process, DEEP received a National DERA award to retrofit its fleet of maintenance equipment and some air compressors used on Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) construction sites with aftermarket emission control technologies.  The DEEP retrofits were completed in the fall of 2009.  The air compressor project was not carried out due to cost-related issues for emission control technology for the air compressors, but subsequent amendments to the funding award allowed CT DOT to install aftermarket emission controls on some of its maintenance trucks with funds from the grant.  This was completed in December of 2010.

Projects funded by the National DERA Program:

Information on projects funded by the DERA National Funding Assistance Program can be found on EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign web page.  Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are included.
In 2014 and 2015, Connecticut School districts received DERA funding for clean school buses.  According to the EPA Press Release, three school districts in Connecticut were chosen in 2014 to receive $245,000 from EPA to help pay for 11 new school buses: Killingly School District received $125,000 and Montville Public Schools $100,000, each to replace five school buses. Martel Transportation serving Canton school received $20,000 to replace one bus in its fleet.
In 2015, an EPA Press Release announced that two public schools and four school bus service providers in Connecticut were selected to receive a total of $525,000 in rebates to help pay for 31 new school buses.  This funding will go towards buses in the communities of Bethany, Canton, Killingly, Oakdale, Waterbury and New Britain. The bus operators chosen were:
  • B and B Transportation in Bethany, which received $60,000 to replace three buses;
  • Martel Transport in Canton, which received $40,000 to replace two buses;
  • Killingly Public Schools, which received $70,000 to replace three buses;
  • Montville Public Schools in Oakdale, which received $55,000 to replace three buses;
  • All Star Transportation of Waterbury, which received $200,000 to replace 10 buses; and
  • DATTCO Inc. of New Britain, which received $200,000 to replace 10 buses.
The Connecticut Maritime Foundation received $800,000.00 to upgrade the engines on a New London based ferry.  EPA’s press release reports that Cross Sound Ferry Services’ high speed passenger ferry, Jessica W., would receive two new, Tier 3 marine engines.
The Town of Trumbull successfully competed for National DERA funds to replace the diesel engines on three of its waste collection vehicles with engines powered by compressed natural gas.  Find more information in EPA’s press release.

The Town of Fairfield’s proposal to install verified diesel emissions reduction technologies on its fleet of municipal vehicles was also successful in winning National DERA funds.  EPA issued a press release, which contains additional details.
In addition, National DERA funding was awarded for a switch engine conversion project in New Haven.  The grant enabled CSX railroad to replace one of its switch engines, with a three-part configuration of smaller and cleaner EPA-certified Tier 3 generator sets (gensets) that allow the locomotive to run more efficiently and save fuel.  This was one of a group of projects implemented under a single grant to the New England States for Coordinated Air Use Management, discussed in an EPA press release in 2009.

Other Funded Diesel Reduction Projects in Connecticut:

A number of Connecticut municipalities competed successfully for funding from EPA's Clean School Bus USA program, before it was consolidated into the DERA program in 2008. Funds from that program allowed Stamford, Fairfield, Regional District 18 (Lyme/Old Lyme), and Mansfield to retrofit their school buses with emission controls.  In addition, Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) funds were used to provide for school bus retrofits in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Hamden, Norwich and Newington.  A description of the SEP program can be found on EPA’s website.

Hartford also received SEP funding to install emission controls on recycling trucks and on off-road equipment used at the landfill.

The Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program (CMAQ) provided funding to install emission controls on transit buses in Hartford, Stamford and New Haven.  More information about the CMAQ program can be found on FHWA’s website.

And DEEP’s own Lawn Equipment Exchange Fund (LEEF) used SEP funds to help provide new, cleaner lawn maintenance equipment to 76 communities in Connecticut (This program ended in 2012).

Capital Clean Cities of Connecticut, Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Norwich Clean Cities and Southwestern Connecticut Clean Cities have received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for their Connecticut Future Fuels Project to provide assistance for projects that reduce emissions by encouraging the use of clean, alternative fuels.

Content Last Updated on January 22, 2019