Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT accepting applications through Nov. 9 for diesel emission reduction grant

Posted on: September 28, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Sept. 28, 2018 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now accepting grant applications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant program for diesel fleets in the state of Iowa.  
As part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the grant program assists with the replacement of aging diesel equipment in fleets, including school buses, heavy- and medium-duty transit buses and trucks, and nonroad engines, equipment, or vehicles.

Iowa school districts, transit systems, or company fleet managers should go to the DERA grant website to read the program information guide and find out more about the grant process. The website includes a list of previous DERA awards.

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 9, 2018.  

The base grant amount available in Iowa is $275,123, but the state is voluntarily matching that base amount with monies from the Volkswagen emissions settlement. These funding sources, along with an Environmental Protection Agency incentive bonus of $137,562, brings the total available DERA funding to $712,685.



EPA Base Allocation


Iowa’s Voluntary Match from VW Settlement Funds


EPA Incentive Bonus





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