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%
Funding Opportunity: The Pollution Control Agency has announced that it plans to provide $1.1 million in grant funds to reduce emissions from older, diesel-powered off-road equipment. The funding is made available from Minnesota’s share of the national Volkswagen (VW) settlement and DERA. Grantees must provide a cash match for a percentage of the equipment cost, and an old diesel engine or vehicle must be destroyed. 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.
MPCA will host a training for this RFP on July 15. Applications are due Sept. 18, 2020. See the request for proposals for full details on eligibility, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.