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Changes to the FY 2018 Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

September 4, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is converting the FY 2018 Tribal DERA Request for Proposals (RFP) to a Request for Applications (RFA) and extending the deadline to apply from September 6, 2018, to April 3, 2019.


Why is this change occurring?


EPA is extending the deadline to April 3, 2019, for the FY 2018 Tribal DERA RFA to allow tribes that intend to utilize the “DERA Option” under the Volkswagen (VW) trust agreement the opportunity to participate in the second VW trust agreement funding cycle, which will run from December 2018- May 2019 according to proposed modifications to the trust agreement filed with the Court. Tribal beneficiaries to the trust may use trust funds as voluntary matching funds on Tribal DERA grants under the VW trust agreement Environmental Mitigation Action #10. This is known as the “DERA Option.”

In addition, the FY 2018 Tribal DERA Requests for Proposals (RFP) which opened in June has been amended to a Request for Applications (RFA). This is a new Agency requirement, and all new DERA competitive funding opportunities will be RFAs. The process to apply under a RFA is similar to the RFP, but applicants must submit four additional forms. Please review the full RFA for application submission information. 


What does this mean for applicants?


Applicants now have more time to complete their DERA applications. DERA applications must be submitted electronically to EPA through by Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.


Tribes planning to use the “DERA Option” must fulfill all the requirements of the tribal trust agreement and the FY 2018 DERA RFA.


Where can potential applicants learn more about the DERA Request for Applications?


EPA will hold two upcoming webinars about the FY 2018 Tribal DERA RFA.

·   The first will be on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). 

·   The second will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). 


Webinar information and links are available at


DERA RFA Frequently Asked Questions are available at


Questions about the DERA RFA may be directed to Please contact Grant Management Associates for grant writing assistance;

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