Update: New Environmental Grant Program Deadlines in Pennsylvania

In 2018, pursuant to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("PADEP") created several environmental grant programs aimed at reducing NOx emissions made by large on-road fleets. These programs range from Class 8 trucks and transit buses to ferries, tugboats and freight switchers. There are several opportunities for diesel fleets looking to convert to electric vehicles and/or install an electric vehicle infrastructure, as well.

On August 1, PADEP provided an update on the funds left for allocation and revised application deadlines. Following is the most current listing of programs, due dates and funds remaining for allocation.

Grant Program

Application Deadline


Total 2019 Funding Available


Class 8 Truck and Transit Bus Grant Program

September 23, 2019*

$ 2,400,000

Ocean Going Vessel Shore Power Grant Program

October 30, 2019

$ 3,000,000

Electric Cargo Handling Grant Program

November 15, 2019

$ 3,000,000

DC Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program

October 11, 2019*

$ 1,750,000

Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program

December 31, 2019 or until all funds committed

$ 1,000,000

Ferries, Tugs & Freight Switchers

Application unavailable at this time**

Amount for allocation unavailable at this time

On-road Rebate Program - Class 4-7 Trucks, Port Drayage Trucks, School Buses, and Shuttle Buses

Program Closed for 2019

All funds have been allocated for current year

PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program

Program Closed for 2019

All funds have been allocated for current year

*This is the final 2019 deadline. Any applications not submitted by this date will not be eligible until the next calendar year application cycle.

**Application has not yet been released for this program.

For more information on specific programs, please check out our previous article or contact a member of the Schneider Downs Transportation and Logistics Team.

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