The Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) revised its Beneficiary Mitigation Plan in June of 2019. Consistent with comments received in response to the original Request for Information issued in 2017, ADEQ has determined that amendments to the Plan are warranted to ensure an appropriate amount of flexibility and a robust applicant pool. The substantive amendments to the plan are as follows: 1) the pilot program was expanded to include both eligible transit and school buses and any alternative fuel; and 2) the term “alternative-fueled” was defined consistent with the Trust Agreement and used in place of a list of fuel types for each program, where appropriate. As a result of changes, the program funding for school bus and other bus programs are no longer only open to natural gas.
54% Arkansas Bus - School Bus Program
20% Arkansas Clean Fuels Grants Class 4 -8 vehicles
8% SAFER or State Agency Fleet Emission Reduction Grants
15% EV Light Duty Infrastructure
On September 1, 2019, ADEQ will begin accepting applications for the Clean Fuels Funding Assistance Program (Clean Fuels) and the State Agency Fleet Emission Reduction Program (SAFER). Information about these programs can be found on the ADEQ Volkswagen Settlement webpage under the heading “Individual Program Status.” ADEQ has posted the application guidance for Clean Fuels and proposal guidance for SAFER. Applications for Clean Fuels and Proposals for SAFER will be accepted between September 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019. The online application form for Clean Fuels will go live by September 1, 2019.
Clean Fuels Applicant Guidance: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/air/planning/vw/pdfs/clean-fuels-application-guidance-2019-final.pdf
SAFER Proposal Guidance: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/air/planning/vw/pdfs/safer-proposal-guidance-final%20-20190726.pdf