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
Iowa DOT is now accepting grant applications for the Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust program. This first funding cycle will distribute $4.9 million across the three eligible project categories listed below.
- Category 1 - Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus - $3,150,000
- Category 2 - Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks -$1,050,000
- Category 3 - Non-Road Transport and Equipment - $700,000
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. 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. To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply, visit the program website at https://www.iowadot.gov/vwsettlement. Questions must be submitted in writing via email to email@example.com and responses will be posted on the website for all applicants to review. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST, Jan. 18, 2019.