Clean Fuels Ohio Gearing Up to Provide Grant-Writing Services for Fleets Seeking Ohio Diesel Migrati
The Ohio EPA has indicated it plans to release the next funding solicitation for the 2019 Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund (DMTF) Grants with an anticipated deadline of August 2. The program is funded by the multi-million dollar federal settlement with Volkswagen for Clean Air Act violations. As with past funding opportunities, Clean Fuels Ohio has announced plans to provide informational resources, project competitiveness vetting, and a full suite of grant writing services to fleets interested in applying for funding.
This is the second round of funding available from the Ohio EPA, and the main grant application requirements, scoring and competitiveness details are expected to be very similar the Ohio EPA’s first Round Applications (June – August 2018). Clean Fuels Ohio hosted a webinar last year summarizing all the main details of the program, as well as providing guidance for fleets in structuring the most competitive project possible for award. A recording of that webinar is available here. (Please note the page will ask you for basic contact or “registration”)
For the 2019 funding round, owners of eligible medium and heavy diesel fleets in 26 Ohio priority counties will be invited to apply for grants to repower or replace diesel vehicles and equipment with new clean diesel or alternative fuel (CNG, LNG, propane, hybrid) or all-electric vehicles and equipment. A total of $15 million is expected to be available for grant awards between $50,000 and $2 million. All projects required a minimum match of 25 percent, with larger matches required for some project categories. Click here for information.
“We have a lot of aging diesel vehicles in the fleets of private sector, public sector, government agencies, and School districts and they are not very clean compared to modern new vehicles, particularly those running on alternative fuels,” said Carolyn Watkins, Chief of the Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education and Administrator for the VW Diesel Mitigation Grants. For assistance in applying, please email Andrew Conley or call 614-884-7336.