2018 State DERA Grant Program - Older on-road, nonroad, and marine diesel engines still in operation have significantly more emissions than today’s modern diesel engines. DERA projects target those older engines for early replacement or retrofit to reduce the impact on the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administers the State Clean Diesel Grant Program which allocates funds to participating states to implement grant and loan programs for clean diesel projects. South Carolina now has $270,000 available for diesel emissions reduction projects in our State. The projects will reduce emissions in the most cost-effective manner through engine repowers, equipment and exhaust retrofits, or equipment replacements. They are expecting to fund applicants who can leverage approximately 75 percent cost share with 25 percent grant funding, or better. A lower percentage of grant funding requested increases an applicant’s ability to be funded. This program improves air quality while creating economic investment in South Carolina.
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 31, 2018. The Request for Proposals (RFP), application information for the 2018 State DERA Grant Program, and a list of projects previously funded in South Carolina under similar DERA grants, along with additional information for applying, can be found at: http://www.scdhec.gov/DERA.
The U.S Environmental protection agency has recently announced the availability of $1.5 Million in Environmental Justice Small Grants. This grant program provides funding directly to community-based organizations for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) strives to achieve its mission of "Healthy People Living in Healthy Communities", and encourages counties to partner with them to help make a lasting difference. Check out the link below for more information on how your county can join the list of past South Carolina recipients.
For assistance preparing a competitive application, please contact SC DHEC’s Environmental Justice Coordinator, Michael Bailey, at Baileymb@dhec.sc.gov or via phone at 803-898-2025. To receive updates on other Environmental Justice opportunities, information, and events, please contact Michael Bailey to be added to their upcoming newsletter.
Deadline for Environmental Justice Small Grant Applications: February 15, 2019.
For more information click on the following link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310477.