Kansas Clean Diesel Program

Kansas Clean Diesel Program reducing diesel emissions the right direction for the long haulThe Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) established the Kansas Clean Diesel Program in 2008 to use Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide project assistance for diesel fleet improvements.

2022 Funding Opportunity for Kansas School Districts, School Bus Replacements:

The EPA allocated funds in October 2022 to Kansas and other states as part of the on-going Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will use those funds to provide partial funding to school districts for fleet improvements. This opportunity includes funds from the VW Trust allocation for Kansas. 

The starting date for submitting an application to KDHE is October 24, 2022. The deadline for submitting an application is December 20, 2022.

Please review the following Request for Proposal document and provide all the requested information on the Application Excel form below.

     2022 School Bus Request for Proposal (PDF) - Information regarding eligibility and award amount limitations

     2022 School Bus Application (XLS) - Fill out and return by deadline

     2022 KS Clean Diesel Program QA (PDF) - 2022 KS Clean Diesel Questions and Answers 

Please submit applications and questions about this opportunity via email to Kathleen Waters. Questions and answers will be posted on this web page.


2022 Funding for Kansas Nonroad Fleet Operators, Reposted Opportunity from Fall of 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will once again use the DERA funds to provide partial funding to Kansas entities who operate nonroad mobile source equipment. This opportunity includes funds from the VW Trust allocation for Kansas (DERA - VWEMT - 2). Funding allocated for these types of awards remains unspent, therefore KDHE is re-opening the RFP that was available in the fall of 2020.  

Submit applications to KDHE between September 23, 2022 and November 23, 2022. Please review the following Request for Proposal document and provide all the requested information on the Application Excel form provided:

Please submit applications and questions about this opportunity via email to Kathleen Waters. Questions and answers will be posted on this web page.

More Information About the Kansas Clean Diesel Program

Diesel engines are efficient and durable, and are an important source of power for many areas of our national economy. They are critical components of Kansas industries such as agriculture, railroads, highway transportation, and natural gas and oil extraction. Diesel engines also contribute to air quality concerns. Diesel exhaust contains fine particles, nitrogen oxides and other chemicals that directly contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Federal standards aim to reduce emissions from diesel engines by up to 90% for heavy duty vehicles made since 2007. Millions of older diesel engines do not meet the latest clean diesel standards, yet could remain in service for many years. Several technologies are available to reduce emissions from these engines, including filter and idling reduction technologies.

Congress passed the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) to address the need for fleet improvements. The Environmental Protection Agency established the National Clean Diesel Campaign to provide funding to states to implement diesel emission reduction projects.