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December 2019 (Vol. 5, Ed. 2)
EPA Ports Initiative Newsletter

Featured News

This newsletter highlights three EPA open funding opportunities.
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EPA Opens 2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program

Applications Due by February 26, 2020 

DERA National Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 40 and 60 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

Eligible Entities

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities, with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

Informational Webinars on Request for Applications

Highlights of the webinars include the following topics:
  • Program Details
  • Changes This Year
  • Eligible Entities, Projects, Vehicles, Engines & Equipment
  • Funding: Availability, Project Funding Percentage, Restrictions
  • Proposal Submission
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Potential Pitfalls
  • Tools, Resources and Support
  • Question & Answer Period
Webinar Dates and Links

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3 to 4 p.m. ET
Tuesday, January 14, 2019 at 3 to 4 p.m. ET
Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 4149804# 

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Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Funding Opportunity Now Open 
Cooperative Agreement Program Request for Applications Due by February 7, 2020
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program is delighted to announce the availability of ten awards (one per EPA region) in amounts up to $120,000 per award. The CPS Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model." The CPS Program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities.

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants must be one of the following:
  • Incorporated non-profit organizations-including, but not limited to, community-based organizations, grassroots organizations, environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions;
  • Federally recognized tribal governments-including Alaska Native Villages; OR
  • Tribal organizations 
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EPA's 2019 Targeted Airshed Grants are Now Requesting Applications
Applications are Being Accepted Through February 14, 2020
EPA estimates that funding for this competitive opportunity will be approximately $50 million. It is anticipated that approximately 8 to 15 assistance agreements will be awarded from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations.

Projects under this announcement are those that reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone, annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The overall goal of the Targeted Airshed Grant Program is to reduce air pollution in the nation's areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.

Eligible Entities

Entities eligible to submit applications under this announcement are those air pollution control agencies, as defined by Section 302(b) of the Clean Air Act, that:
  • Have responsibilities for the prevention and control of air pollution for one or more nonattainment areas identified in Section I.A. of the announcement, and
  • Have an active air program grant under Sections 103 or 105 of the Clean Air Act to carry out those responsibilities.
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