The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) released its Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan in July 2018. This plan outlines a high-level vision for use of Iowa's allocation of funds from the Volkswagen settlement and includes the following allocations:
∙Class 4-8 buses - 45 percent
∙Freight and port drayage trucks - 15 percent
∙Non-road transport and equipment - 10 percent
∙Zero-emission vehicle infrastructure - 15 percent
∙Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant - 15 percent
Funding Opportunity Application Deadline Feb. 17, 2020
On Dec. 16, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that is accepting grant applications for two separate Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust funding programs. In the first funding program, $4.9 million will be offered across three eligible project categories listed below. Private organizations, public transit system operators, cities, counties, and schools that own and operate diesel fleets and equipment in Iowa are eligible to sponsor projects for these projects. State agencies are not eligible for this program, with the exception of those that may serve as public transit system operators for projects eligible under Category 1.
- Category 1 - Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus – $3,150,000 is available
- Category 2 - Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks - $1,050,000 is available
- Category 3 - Non-Road Transport and Equipment - $700,000 is available
The second program will offer $1.1 million for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Supply Equipment (not summarized here. To learn more about these funding opportunities and how to apply, visit the program website at https://www.iowadot.gov/vwsettlement. Questions must be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and responses will be posted on the website for all applicants to review. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST, Feb. 17, 2020.