Final Plan Details
On April 11, 2018, Minnesota released a final plan for the initial phase of deploying settlement funds, 2018-2019. Funds will be invested in communities across the state. In this first phase, MN will invest 25% of the overall funds ($11.75 million) through five grant programs as follows:
* School bus replacements: 20%
* Heavy-duty on-road vehicles - transit and trucks: 35%
* Heavy-duty off-road vehicles: 15%
* Heavy-duty electric vehicles: 15%
* Electric vehicle charging stations: 15%
The MPCA has announced that approximately $1 million in grant funds is available to replace or improve heavy-duty off-road diesel equipment eligible under the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). Eligible equipment may include marine engines, locomotives, trailer refrigeration units, terminal tractors, drayage trucks, off-road engines, and equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining, or energy production. This funding opportunity is supplemented with Volkswagen settlement funds. Applications are due to the MPCA no later than 4:30 p.m. CT on Dec. 1, 2021. For more information, please visit the MPCA’s grants web page: Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant.