Montana Clean Diesel Program

Announcing $11 Million in Funding for Clean Diesel - Deadline for proposals is June 20, 2017

2017 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of $11 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction program (DERA) funds to support projects that replace older diesel engines and are aimed at reducing emissions from diesel vehicles. Priority will be given to projects that reduce diesel emissions in EPA’s priority air quality areas. This competitive grant will award between 20-80 awards nationally to eligible applicants.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local, or tribal agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Non-profit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. 

EPA will be issued and managed through EPA’s Regional Offices and expects to award approximately 2-8 cooperative agreements per region. Montana is located in EPA Region 8.  

For more information about the funding you can go to EPA’s Clean Diesel Website.

If you have diesel vehicles that you would like replaced through this program, please contact for assistance in applying for the available funding.

FY 2016 State Clean Diesel Grant Program Awards

Number of Buses School Technology

Total Award Amount

 1  Alberton School District  School Bus Replacement  $21,000
 1  Corvallis School District  School Bus Replacement  $21,000
 3  Kalispell School District  School Bus Replacement  $63,000
 2  Libby School District  School Bus Replacement  $42,000
 1  Troy School District  School Bus Replacement  $21,000


Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

Authority for the Clean Diesel program comes from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act that is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Thirty percent of the DERA appropriation is allocated to the states to fund programs for voluntary clean diesel projects that reduce emissions. Montana’s State DERA grant formed the Montana Clean Diesel Program.

The goals of the Montana Clean Diesel Program are to:

  • Gain acceptance of the need to reduce diesel emissions in poor air quality areas;
  • Gain future support for diesel emissions and fuel reduction activities;
  • Demonstrate reductions in emissions and fuel use with new technology.

Visit the Clean Air Zone Montana for information about the health implications of diesel exhaust and what schools are doing to minimize these impacts.