May 29, 2013 - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) Natural Gas Vehicle program opened a grant round on Saturday, May 25, offering an estimated $10 million for the purchase or conversion of medium to light-weight natural gas vehicles (under 14,000 pounds), as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.

Those eligible to apply include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, incorporated non-profit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships located in Pennsylvania.
Eligible vehicles include dedicated bi-fuel and dual-fuel LNG or CNG vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds as well as dedicated liquid propane gas, hydrogen, hythane (any combination of CNG and hydrogen) biofuel (B100 or straight vegetable oil) and electric vehicles of any weight.

Grant applications will also be accepted for innovation in alternative fuel transportation, including non-road vehicles such as natural gas-powered trains or marine vessels. Innovation includes research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to the development and use of alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.
Grants will cover no more than 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost.
Applications will only be accepted online, using DCNR's eGrant system -  
The deadline to submit an application is 4 p.m., July 26, 2013. Grants will be awarded in the fall.
Additional information, including a link to the guidance document and Regional Energy Manager contact information, is available on DEP's website at (click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button).



EPA 2013 Clean Diesel Funding Announcement Expected

April 9, 2013 -- EPA anticipates issuing the 2013 Clean Diesel Funding Request for Proposals (RFP) in the next two weeks. Once the RFP is issued, the MDC website will provide a link to information on how to apply, which will be posted at

These funds will support projects to reduce diesel emissions from engines, equipment and vehicles through:

- replacing vehicles/equipment,

- repowering vehicles/equipment,

- upgrading engines,

- installing certain types of idle reduction and other vehicle efficiency technologies,

- installing exhaust controls, and converting or replacing engines and vehicles/equipment so they can use cleaner fuels.

Equipment and engines must be verified or certified by the EPA. Cleaner fuels include propane, natural gas, methane gas, ethanol, & electricity.

Other project and recipient eligibility conditions apply; please feel free to contact MARAMA or the EPA.  Note that EPA is only able to answer questions related to project suitability and recipient eligibility until the RFP is announced.


MARAMA is currently accepting applications for the following programs: 

Small Construction Contractors Retrofit Program

November 9, 2012 -- With funding from The Allegheny County Health Department and The Heinz Endowments, this program will provide grants to eligible and approved small business construction companies seeking assistance with the cost of emission reduction technologies. Small construction companies with a majority of their business operations over the past three years in Allegheny County and/or the City of Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply.

For more information and the program application, please go to the program page, or contact Rick Gordon at 443.901.1882 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SmartWay Dray Truck Replacements

MARAMA has over $3 million dollars to help dray truck owners replace their older (MY 2004 or earlier), less efficient vehicles by providing a $20K down payment toward the purchase of a MY 2008 or newer truck.  The program reduces air pollution from trucks serving the ports in Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington and will continue during 2013 and into 2014 as funding is available.

For more information and the program application, please go to the program page


Port of Virginia Dray Truck Retrofits

MARAMA is currently accepting applications on a first-come first-served rolling basis for rebates of 100 percent (up to $6,000) for installation of eligible and approved diesel emission reduction technology in dray trucks serving the Port of Virginia.

For the Green Operators "GO" Program application, please click here for PDF formatorclick here for Microsoft Word format.


Other Funding Opportunities and Information

MARAMA is providing the following links because they are consistent with the intended purpose of the MARAMA website and contain additional information and/or opportunities that may be useful or interesting.  MARAMA is providing these links for your reference and cannot attest to the accuracy of non-MARAMA information provided by these third-party sites or any other linked site.

A Guide to Understanding and Accessing the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program (Diesel Technology Forum, April 2007)

The CMAQ Program is quite complex, which when added to the variability of its administration from state to state, makes it extremely difficult to assess the process and prospects for competing for these funds. The Diesel Technology Forum, with assistance from the Emissions Control Technology Association, has written this guide to assist those wishing to learn more about the potential funding opportunities available under this program. Includes case studies, insight into CMAQ's administration, and suggestions on how to increase the competitiveness of diesel retrofit applications.