The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a new application submittal date of March 20 for grant proposals to the new Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants program. This date will allow applicants and vendors additional time to prepare their proposals, says the Ohio EPA.
The grant will assist owners of heavy-duty diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles (weighing at least 26,000 pounds) to convert or replace engines to use compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG) or liquid petroleum gas (LPG, such as propane or butane). Grants also may be used for bi-fueled or dual-fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel.
The program is supported with $5 million allocated by the Ohio General Assembly from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. Eligible alternative fuel vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and be used in business. In addition, more than half the miles driven must be within Ohio. The limit on the total grant award to applicants seeking to replace or convert multiple vehicles is $400,000.
A public information session to explain the new grant program and answer questions was held last month. The Ohio EPA also is offering a conference call on Feb. 27 to answer questions from prospective grant applicants.
The Ohio EPA has posted the grant application and guidelines on the Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education web page. Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org beginning no earlier than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis, and the application opportunity will remain open until all available funds have been allocated.