Funding for Diesel Vehicle, Engine, and Equipment Upgrades


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Posted on 08/03/2015 by VLCT Communications


The Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program was developed with funding from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to reduce air pollution associated with diesel-powered engines, vehicles, and equipment. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking information from potential applicants for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions from diesel-powered engines, vehicles, and equipment operating in Vermont. DEC will be posting a Request for Proposals for this grant opportunity in the near future.

Who will be eligible to apply? All interested local, State and regional agencies or departments as well as businesses, institutions, and nonprofit organizations operating in Vermont.

What vehicles and equipment are eligible? Diesel-powered engines, vehicles, and equipment currently operating in Vermont, including buses, locomotives, medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining or energy production (stationary generators and pumps).

What projects are eligible? Eligible diesel emission reduction projects include:

  • verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades;
  • verified idle reduction technologies such as auxiliary power units, shore connection systems, and truck stop electrification technologies;
  • verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires;
  • clean alternative fuel conversions;
  • certified engine repowers; and/or
  • certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

What are the qualifications? There are a number of eligibility and cost share requirements. Cost share requirements vary depending on the project. For example, the grant program can fund up to 100% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible, verified exhaust control (diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, etc.), while up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible idle reduction technologies (e.g., auxiliary power units) on locomotives can be funded under this grant program. To determine which requirements apply to your project, see How do I get more information? below.


How do I apply? At this time, DEC is gauging the level of interest in the grant program. DEC will be posting a Request for Proposals for this grant opportunity on the Vermont Business Assistance Network website in the near future.


How can I get more information? To discuss potential projects or for more information and the details of the grant requirements, please contact Deirdra Ritzer at 802-233-8052 or


To learn about past projects funded by the Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program, please visit