MAY 2017 • FOGHORN 33 NEWSWIRE The latest round (fiscal 2017) of the Diesel Engine Reduction Act (DERA) grant competition is currently accepting applications.  This program provides grants to help recipients undertake projects that will materi- ally reduce diesel emissions.  Marine projects (specifically vessel engine re- placements and repowers) are eligible for funding, as are other transporta- tion modes.  Applications must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) online via www.grants.gov no later than Tuesday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For this round, there is $11 million to be awarded nationwide (down from last year’s $26 million). EPA regional offices will award the cooperative agreements for projects. Applicants indicate their EPA regional office for the geographic area in which the project is located (area the engines operate). EPA anticipates awarding two to eight cooperative agreements per Region. There are strict ranges that the amount of requested federal funds must fall into. Applicants should review the RFP for the appro- priate funding range for their region. Applications must be submitted through either a governmental entity (including a port authority or a public agency operating a ferry) or a nonprofit that promotes transporta- tion or cleaner air quality. Proposal packages must be submitted elec- tronically to EPA through Grants. gov.  Applicants are encouraged to start the Grants.gov registration as early as possible, as it is a lengthy process. For DERA grants there is a non- federal cost share requirement, and depending on the type of project this amount varies.  For a marine vessel engine repower, the EPA grant will fund up to 40 percent of the cost. n Diesel Engine Grant Applications Due June 20 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS GRANT PROGRAM, GO TO:  www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants Here you can access the full Request for Proposals (RFP) as well as tools and resources to assist you in applying for 2017 DERA grants. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, contact PVA’s Jen Wilk at 1-800-807-8360 x24, jwilk@passengervessel.com, or Ed Welch at 1-800-807-8360 x27 or ewelch@ passengervessel.com.