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 visit the Volkswagen Settlement Information. All DEMP activities related to the Volkswagen Settlement are guided by the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Download a copy of the Mitigation Plan at Florida's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.
Electric School Bus Project
On Nov. 16, 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $57 million available for the purchase of electric Type C or Type D school buses to replace eligible Type C or Type D diesel school buses. As highlighted in the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, the department continues to focus on increasing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging the growth of electric vehicles as well as the related construction and manufacturing.
Only school districts within an Air Quality Priority Area designated in the Mitigation Plan are eligible for this project. School districts must provide at least a 25% cost share. Funding will be provided on a competitive basis with school districts that provide the highest cost share being prioritized. Districts are encouraged to create partnerships with local electric utilities or other business entities to maximize cost-share opportunities. The selected school districts are required to use state-approved vendors or competitively identify the businesses to complete the project.
School districts in Air Quality Priority Areas (listed in the application worksheet) were required to submit the application worksheet before Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 5 p.m., E.T.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 2
On Nov. 9, 2020, the department announced a second and final competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure using funds under DEMP. Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near the following Interstate highways: I-10, I-95, I-75 and I-4. The department intends to fund approximately 32 charging station sites along these evacuation corridors and allocating remaining funds for projects from unawarded EVCI Phase 1 and EVCI Phase 2 applications. Each site will be eligible for up to $500,000 in grant funding, and cost-share requirements may apply.
Applications were due to the department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. E.T. The Request for Applications (RFA), which includes information on project eligibility and instructions for how to apply, is available at the link below. Please note that the EVCI Phase 2 RFA below has been updated to correct segment numbers on the map in section 1.4 to be consistent with the segment numbers in the table in section 1.3.
The RFA was also available through the Vendor Bid System. The department’s grant solicitation number for this RFA was EVCI-RFA-02. The EVCI Phase 2 RFA includes 14 segments along Interstate 10 plus 18 segments to complete charging corridors along Phase 1 routes.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 1
The department initially posted a competitive grant funding opportunity for Level 3 (DC Fast) electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) on Feb. 10, 2020, for a period of 60 days. The department extended the application period for an additional 30 days and accepted applications submitted before May 7, 2020, at 5 p.m. E.T. Links to EVCI Phase 1 Request for Applications (RFA), and the responses to the RFA question period are linked below.
The department has awarded grants for all 27 segments identified in the EVCI Phase 1 RFA. A list of the awarded applicants for each of the 27 segments and a map of the project locations are linked below.
The closed RFA and Agency Decisions/Notice of Award is also available through the Vendor Bid System (VBS). For the VBS posting search, the closed RFA is EVCI-RFA-01 and the Agency Decisions post is EVCI-RFA-01-AD.
DERA State Grant - Marine Vessel/Engine and Electric Switcher Locomotive Replacement
On August 27, 2021, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) that it is currently offering grants for two types of projects eligible under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA). Funded projects will mitigate mobile sources of emissions and protect air quality. The funding will be for the replacement of eligible whole marine vessels, marine diesel engines, and the replacement of diesel switcher locomotives with zero-emission switchers. Marine vessel and switcher locomotive projects are only eligible if the primary activity of the project unit is to provide services to Florida ports and rail yards. All funded projects must be completed within the strict parameters of the state budget and federal funding.
Applications must be emailed to the department’s Division of Air Resource Management at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov by Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. E.T.
For more information about the DERA program, including grant applications, specific project eligibility, cost-share requirements, and past projects, please visit the department's DERA State Grant Program or contact the Division of Air Resource Management directly at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov.
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