The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is celebrating National Drive Electric Week with new funding opportunities to help curb nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions with clean transportation. The grants are available for public and private entities and match funds to help make clean transportation affordable.
The first funding opportunity, the Clean Truck, Bus & Airport Equipment Program, matches funds to replace older diesel trucks, buses, or airport ground support vehicles with battery-electric, alternate fuel, or diesel vehicles. Examples of types of vehicles for this funding opportunity can include garbage trucks, street sweepers, bucket trucks, buses, or vehicles that service aircrafts between flights. Applications for this opportunity are due January 14, 2022.
The second funding opportunity is the Clean School Bus Program that applies to school districts statewide and matches funds to replace older diesel school buses with newer diesel, gasoline, propane, low NOx certified or battery-electric buses. This opportunity has funded 23 diesel buses and 8 propane buses at school districts across the state since January of 2020. Applications for this opportunity are due November 15, 2021, with project completion by August of 2022.
The grants are funded through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, respectively.
The grant announcements celebrate National Drive Electric Week that raises awareness of the benefits of driving all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
DEQ is hosting a webinar on October 6 at 2 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the funding opportunities, to register visit: Webinar Registration – Zoom.
For more information and to view the request for applications visit: Deq.mt.gov/energy/programs/fuels.