Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant

All-electric terminal tractorDiesel equipment owners from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors are encouraged to apply for this Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant opportunity. DERA grant funds reduce emissions from older, diesel-powered off-road equipment by helping owners to replace or improve eligible diesel equipment—improving air quality and public health at the same time.

See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

  • Application deadline: August 4, 2022 (4:30 p.m. CDT)
  • Total funds: Approximately $1 million
  • Awards: Maximum $400,000
  • Match requirement: Yes; refer to the RFP for project-specific match requirements.

Application details

The RFP and application materials can only be viewed through the online SWIFT portal. The RFP is termed an “Event” within the SWIFT system.

  1. Go to the online SWIFT portal.
  2. Click on "Bidding opportunities"
  3. Find the event name (MPCA-Grant-Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA)) or ID (2000013016).
  4. Click "View Bid Package" to see the RFP and forms. (There’s no need to log in to see the documents.)

You must register in the SWIFT portal to submit an application. Grant applications are only accepted through the SWIFT portal. Applicants interested in applying will need to register as a bidder in the system by clicking on the SWIFT Supplier Portal, then "Register for an Account and Register as a Bidder".

Note: If an applicant is already registered in the SWIFT system as a Supplier (previously known as a vendor), they do not need to register as a bidder. They will need their Supplier ID.

More information can be found in the SWIFT Supplier Portal under "Informational Tips" and "Supplier Portal Help." For questions about applying through SWIFT, please contact the Vendor Assistance Help Desk at 651-201-8100, option 1.

More information

File Recorded Webex: Informational meeting (42 min.)

MPCA staff hosted this online training about the RFP for the Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant.

Ask a question

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss the posted RFP with applicants, and contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

All questions regarding the RFP must be emailed: grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line “DERA Grant 2022 Question”. Staff will gather questions and post answers in the SWIFT Supplier Portal on an at-least weekly basis. All questions must be received by 4:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, August 1, 2022.


Funding for this RFP comes from the U.S. EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign and Minnesota’s portion of the national Volkswagen settlement.

Eligible equipment may include marine engines, locomotives, trailer refrigeration units, terminal tractors, drayage trucks, and off-road engines, and equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining, or energy production.