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Competitive Grant Forms

Repower Projects / (.xls)

Retrofit Projects / (.xls)

General Proposal Template / (.doc)

Marine Diesel Projects / (.xls)

Previous Grant Awards

Map of All Previous Grant Awards

Funds are available for actual emission reductions resulting from retrofitting or repowering equipment in North Carolina to a cleaner burning standard. Applications from the public and private sector, as well as individuals, from the western part of the North Carolina are preferred. However, all cost-effective retrofit and repower applications resulting in emission reductions in NC will be considered.

Total Funding Available? $759,666.
(These funds were made available from a consent decree and would be spent in North Carolina.)

Deadline for Applications? Applications must be received by January 18, 2013 to be considered.

For the purpose of this request for applications, the following definitions will be used:

A retrofit includes aftermarket add-on devices such as diesel oxidation catalysts, closed crankcase ventilation system, diesel particulate filters, and automatic on and off devices on trains. This also includes USEPA verified conversion of a gasoline or diesel engine to an alternative-fueled engine. For alternative-fueled conversion projects use the General Proposal Template.

A repower is when an engine is removed from a chassis and a new, cleaner burning engine in put in its place. This may be a new diesel or alternative-fueled engine.

Summary of Funding Offered Per Project Type
Project Type DENR Amount Paid
Replacement of chassis and engine Ineligible
Repower of old chassis with new engine 50%
Retrofits (exhaust type) 100%
Verified/Certified Conversion to Alternative Fuel 100%
Biodiesel Buydown Ineligible


Are There Restrictions?
1)   Only retrofit or repower projects will be considered.
2)   Preference is given for emission reduction projects in western NC.
3)   This funding cannot be used to satisfy a federal, state or local
       ordinance, regulation, or law.
4)   Research or testing of equipment won't be considered.
5)   Infrastructure projects are ineligible.
6)   No biodiesel buy-down projects are eligible.
7)   All retrofits and repower projects must use US Environmental Protection Agency
       verified or California Air Resource Board certified equipment.

How Do I Apply? Select the application type from the left-hand column that best fits your project. If you have questions about which form to use, contact Anne Galamb 919-707-8423 or

By United States Mail:
Anne Galamb
NCDENR - Division of Air Quality
1641 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1641

By Fedex/UPS:
Anne Galamb
NCDENR-Division of Air Quality
217 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Acceptable Signature Formats

  • Preferred: Complete signed application in Word format using digital signature.
  • PDF with a digital or hand signature.
  • Hard copy of hand signed application.

1)   Amount of Matching Funds: or in-kind funds.
2)   Timeliness: Ability to provide high quality emission reductions by
       December 31, 2013.
3)   Emissions Reductions or Quantitative Benefits: Funder will
       calculate emissions based on applicant provided information.
4)   Other Benefits: e.g. health, less fuel used, etc.
5)   Permanence of Benefits from the Project: How long or how
       much longer will this funded equipment last?
6)   Cost Effectiveness: (CE=Grant $ per tons reduced.) Funder
       calculates CE based on applicant provided information.
7)   Geographic Distribution: Western NC projects are preferred.
8)   Number of Projects Selected or Amount of Funds Awarded
       per Applicant:
may be limited due to availability of funds.
9)   Number of projects selected per sector: (rail, trucks, biodiesel)
       may be limited.
10) Other Selection Criteria: may be employed as necessary to
       select from the projects received.

The following minimum requirements will apply to all projects:

  • Applicants must comply with all appropriate North Carolina State Laws and apply in writing to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality.
  • Applicable permits and permissions must be provided and are the responsibility of the applicant.