Grant closed. Application deadline was Sept. 18.

Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant

An 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.

Closed: Application deadline was Sept. 18, 2020

  • Total funding: Approximately $1.1 million

Application materials

Minnesota Off-Road Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant FFY2020

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f3-80d-fy21)

This document describes the off-road Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Program, including information on who may apply for funding, the funding priorities for the Federal FY 2020 grant round, match requirements, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on September 18, 2020.

File Application part 1 (p-f3-80a-fy21)

File Application part 2 - Fleet information (except Marine) (p-f3-80b1-fy21)

File Application part 2 - Fleet information (Marine) (p-f3-80b2-fy21)

Additional references

File Sample grant agreement (p-f3-80e-fy21)

PDF icon Evaluation methods (p-f3-80g-fy21)

PDF icon Presentation from the informational meeting (p-f3-80j-fy21)

Resources for grantees

Questions and answers

If you have questions regarding this RFP, you must email your questions to, with subject line “DERA FFY20 Grant Question.” All questions must be received by 4:30 pm on Monday, September 14, 2020.

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants outside of this question and answer forum. Contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.


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.