The Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (DEMP) utilizes funds from the Volkswagen Settlement and EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program for projects which mitigate mobile sources of emissions. For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement and the Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, please select the following link: Volkswagen Settlement Information. All DEMP activities related to the Volkswagen Settlement are guided by the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. To download a copy of the Mitgation Plan, please select the following link: Florida's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.
Current Funding Opportunities
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 1 - Deadline Extended to May 7, 2020
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces a competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI). Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near the following Interstate highways: I-95, I-295, I-75, I-275, and I-4. The Department intends to fund approximately 27 charging station sites along these evacuation corridors. Each site will be eligible for up to $500,000 in grant funding, and cost-share requirements may apply. Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by May 7, 2020, at 5:00 PM E.T. Follow the links to download a copy of the Request for Applications (RFA) and Attachment 1, which includes information on project eligibility and instructions for how to apply:
The RFA is also available through the Vendor Bid System at the following link: http://www.myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.main_menu. The Department’s grant solicitation number for this RFA is EVCI-RFA-01. For more information, please follow the instructions in Section 1.7 (“Grant Administrator”) of the RFA.
DERA State Grant - Marine Vessel Engine and Drayage Truck Replacement
The Department is making grant funding available for Marine Vessel Engine Replacement diesel emissions reduction projects eligible under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This funding will be for the replacement of eligible marine diesel engines and port drayage trucks. Marine engine projects are only eligible if the primary activity of the marine vessel is to provide service to in-state destinations. All funded projects must be completed within the strict parameters of the state budget and federal funding. Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 5:00 PM E.T. For more information, please contact the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov.
Awards are subject to availability of funds as allocated under EPA’s DERA program and state budget authority. Priority will be given to projects that provide high emissions benefits, can be completed in a timely manner, and will encumber significant amounts of available funding. If the number of eligible projects submitted exceeds the available funding for this notice, the Department reserves the right to partner with applicants in the future. The Department reserves the right to reject any and all bids or accept minor irregularities in the best interest of the State of Florida. See below for the application worksheets for marine vessel engine replacement and port drayage truck replacement projects:
For more information about the DERA program, including specific eligibility and cost-share requirement, please visit the DERA State Grant Program webpage.
Electric School Bus Project - Initial Phase
In late 2019, the Department made $5 million available for an initial phase to replace old diesel school buses with electric school buses. This initial phase prioritized school districts within an Air Quality Priority Area designated in the Mitigation Plan. The Department will provide an update on the initial phase in the future.
News and Information
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