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DEM Announces First Grant Round Under New Clean Diesel Program

Nearly $2 million available to help local businesses reduce emissions, improve air quality

PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today $1.9 million in grants is available under the state's new Clean Diesel Fund to help local businesses reduce emissions from their heavy-duty diesel fleets. A Request for Proposals opens today with a deadline of May 9, 2017. An informational workshop on the application process will be held next month.

WHAT: Clean Diesel Grants Informational Workshop

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4 | 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Rhode Island Trucking Association | 660 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket

Several groups are eligible to apply for a Clean Diesel grant, including independent and fleet operators, local businesses, and municipalities. Eligible projects range from vehicle replacement to low-rolling resistance tires that improve fuel efficiency or decreases emissions. For all eligibility guidelines, visit

The Clean Diesel Fund was established under R.I Gen. Laws 31-47.3-5.1 in 2016. Through it, DEM provides reimbursement grants to help companies and local communities adopt clean diesel and reduce their carbon footprint. In Fiscal year 2017, $1.9 million was appropriated to the Fund. For more information about this grant opportunity or to apply, visit Electronic applications are encouraged; however, proposals may also be sent via postal mail to DEM Permit Application Center, 235 Promenade Street, Second Floor, Providence, RI 02908. Final proposals and supporting materials are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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  • Release date: 03-24-2017

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