FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions 

Build It with Clean Diesel is a grant funded program that seeks to improve air quality by providing financial assistance to small construction companies wanting to replace or repower old construction equipment. Funds for this program are provided by the Allegheny County Health Department.


What is the Build It with Clean Diesel Program?

Build It with Clean Diesel is a grant funded program available to eligible small business construction companies* seeking to reduce the harmful emission levels their construction equipment emit during the workday improving air quality in the environment in which they live and work. This is accomplished by replacing older non-road construction equipment or rebuilding/replacing or retrofitting the old engines.


Do I need to put in money for these projects as well?

Yes, although how much you spend depends on what emission reduction technology you choose to employ. For example, 100% of costs are available for Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and a back-up DPF is included.Grant funding will support up to 75% of the cost of an engine replacement whether the new engine is part of a new piece of equipment or if replacing your engine in the old machine. There is a limit of up to $100,000 per company and all engine equipment must be EPA and CARB certified equipment. Old engines must be scrapped according to program requirements.


How does my company benefit from this program?

Up to $100,000 grant funding per project directly benefits your company. Additionally, your project would receive, newer and cleaner diesel equipment which can lower fuel consumption, improve engine reliability, extend the life of equipment, and lower maintenance costs. New engines will improve the work environment for equipment operators and can help a company stay competitive in the construction industry – all while reducing harmful emissions.


Who is eligible for this program?

To be eligible, you should be a small construction business* working on projects primarily in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania for the last 3 years. A small contractor business is considered a small business when annual receipts are less than $36,500,000. If you are a small construction business that works in the area, you could be eligible to receive up to $100,000 to replace, repower, or retrofit existing construction equipment. An application must be completed and submitted to MARAMA by email to Debbie Thomas at or by fax to 443.901.1886.


How much grant funding is available?

There is approximately $800,000 available for small construction companies* to upgrade their diesel engines clean diesel.


What do I need to do to apply?

Completely fill out an application which you can download Build It with Clean Diesel Application here or by going to . The application is approximately 2 pages in length with questions that relate to the equipment you wish to improve or replace. Help with the application is available through your equipment vendor or at MARAMA (443-901-1882).


What type of construction equipment can be purchased?

Almost any piece of equipment containing a diesel engine would be eligible but check out the list of appropriate equipment on the website HERE.    


How do I know that my equipment meets the program requirements?

The program requirements are: the equipment is in good working order, that the replacement or repower must improve the tier level of your equipment, and that you can financially commit to the remainder of the cost to do the project.


Can I apply for funding for more than one piece of equipment?

Yes, you can apply for more than one piece of equipment up to the $100,000 limit per company. Some out of pocket costs may apply. 


Can I choose a slow business cycle in which to deactivate my equipment for this program?

Yes, whenever possible, we will work with you to complete the project during a slow business time frame. Some additional funds may be available for miscellaneous project costs.


Can I choose my own vendor to do the work?

Yes, in fact you must locate a shop from our list of vendors to work with before you apply to the program. They are instrumental in this project and can help you determine which projects would be the most beneficial to you and the program.


Is there someone available who can help me with my questions?

Questions can be directed to Debbie Thomas at MARAMA by phone 443 901 1882 or email .  


* A small contractor business is considered a small business when annual receipts are less than $36,500,000.