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 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, Jan. 18, 2019.
Webinar: On December 12, 2018, Iowa Clean Cities will be hosting a webinar featuring speakers from the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the National Renewable Energy Lab who will discuss the Volkswagen settlement funding opportunity, best practices for making your organization ready, and how to learn from past alternative fuel vehicle projects.
The Iowa DOT has made its first funding cycle available for projects under the Volkswagen settlement. The funding is to be used on defined eligible mitigation action projects that will reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, such as conversion to alternative fuels. The Iowa Clean Cities Coalition released a guide to help medium- and heavy-duty fleets with their transition to alternative fuel.
December 12, 2018: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST