Transit & Shuttle Bus Program Transit & Shuttle Bus Program The Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is no longer accepting applications for the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program grants under Phase 2 of the Volkswagen Mitigation plan. In Phase 2 of the program, $13.5 million in Volkswagen funds are allocated to the Transit & Shuttle Bus Program to assist interested parties to mitigate NOx emissions by replacing older diesel transit and shuttle buses. Additionally, approximately $6 million has been allocated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for electric buses in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program eligible counties. CMAQ funding will be limited to 80% of the incremental cost of an electric replacement bus over the equivalent diesel replacement bus, with the remaining 20% of the incremental cost covered by NC VW Settlement Phase 2 funding. NC VW Phase 2 Transit & Shuttle Bus Program Summary Program Eligible Action Category Eligible Fuel* Program Funding Amount** Transit/Shuttle Bus Program Class 4-8 transit and shuttle buses All (diesel, propane, natural gas, electric) $13,598,433 Total $13,598,433 *Electrification projects are a priority in Phase 2. **Infrastructure cost will be funded at a maximum amount of $75,000 per all-electric bus. Funding Levels - Class 4-8 Transit and Shuttle Buses Applicant Type Diesel Alternative Fuel All-Electric Government 100% 100% 100% Non-Government 25% 25% 75% ***Eligible buses include 2009 engine model year or older class 4-8 transit buses and shuttle buses. Eligible buses may be repowered with any new diesel or alternate fuel or all-electric engine or may be replaced with any new diesel or alternate fuel or all-electric vehicle, with the engine model year in which the eligible trucks mitigation action occurs or one engine model year prior. To be notified for future Phase 2 announcements, please send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Timeline Activity Date Release of RFP February 1, 2022 Application open in DAQ Grants Management System February 1, 2022 Webinar for new DAQ Grants Management System Users February 8, 2022 First Program RFP information session February 17, 2022 Information sessions will be online and registration is required. Dates and times will be posted on our website, https://deq.nc.gov/VWsettlement. Proposal application must be submitted in DAQ Grants Management System May 2, 2022 Proposal application evaluations May - June 2022 Phase 2 project selections July 2022 Grant awards announced July 2022 Eligibility Phase 2 funding will focus on public sector needs. Eligible projects can be submitted by: Local, state and tribal government organizations, Public or private nonprofit organizations, and Public/private partnerships where the lead applicant represents a public sector or a public or private non-profit. For full details, read the Request for Proposal Transit and Shuttle Bus Program Contact Melanie Henderson, Transit and Shuttle Bus Program Manager, NC DEQ email@example.com CMAQ Program Contact Phyllis D. Jones, Transportation Engineer, NC DOT firstname.lastname@example.org DAQ Grants Management System Webinar A webinar on how to request access the the DAQ Grants Management System was held on February 8, 2022, for applicants who do not have access to the system. During this webinar, staff discussed the documents required to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System, how to use the built in tutorials once access is granted and how to submit an application. A recording of this webinar can be found on the Grants Management System webpage under Grants Management System Webinars section. Transit & Shuttle Bus Program Applicant Webinar A webinar on the Transit & Shuttle Bus Program Request for Proposals was held on February 17, 2022, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff discussed the RFP and the requirements, answered questions regarding the Transit & Shuttle Bus Program Request for Proposals and the application. This webinar was for applicants interested in submitting applications for the Transit & Shuttle Bus Program only. A recording of this webinar can be found in the Documents and Workshops section of this page. How to Apply Note for new users requesting access to the DAQ Grants Management System. You must complete the online Enterprise Business Services External Access Request Application and then email a completed State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov. You will not have access to the Grants Management system until your request has been processed and you receive a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email. Prior to using the Grant Management System, applicants must obtain an NCID then complete and submit the online Enterprise Business Services External Access Request Application. Applicants must also complete the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form and email the form to svc.NCVWApplication@ncdenr.gov to get registered in the system. Once registered and logged into the GMS, you will have access to tutorials on how to use the system, submitting applications and submitting claims. If you have previously submitted an Access Authorization Form for the NCDAQ Grant Management System and received a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email, you do not need to resubmit this form. NCDEQ will only accept applications for the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program submitted through the NCDAQ Grant Management System website, at: https://www.ebs.nc.gov/irj/portal which began February 1, 2022. All applications must be submitted on the DAQ Grant Management System (GMS) website no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 2, 2022. NOTE: The Program ID in the DAQ Grants Management System for the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program is NCDEQDAQ0007. Documents and Workshops Application Before you submit your application, check your eligibility in the RFP When the spreadsheet opens in your browser, download and save to your computer using the name format: YourOrganization_ProjectTitle_VWTransit_Application. Download the Spreadsheet The checklist link below includes all the required attachments for applications. Download Required Attachments Checklist Helpful Documents Application Checklist Additional Resources Send Questions to DAQ VW Grants Request for Proposal Read the RFP and check your project eligibility before applying Register for an NCID Register for an EPA Diesel Emissions Quantifier account Sample Documents A sample application from data entered into the DAQ Grants Management System and Vehicle spreadsheet are provided below. Example Transit Bus Application Example Transit Bus Vehicle Spreadsheet Transit and Shuttle Bus Program Webinar View the recording of the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program webinar held on February 17, 2022. Download the Transit and Shuttle Bus Program presentation. Program Webinar Questions and Answers Can the one charger per grant be one charger with 2 connection ports? After further team discussion, dual port chargers will be allowed up to the maximum reimbursement amount of $75,000, if required by the electric bus or is the only option available from the bus vendor. If you have gasoline powered buses, can you apply for this funding? No. VW funding requires replacement of diesel buses only. If we have a contract with vehicle manufacturer with options, will buses purchased under these option (not yet executed) be eligible under the VW program? If you have ordered the bus already, then no. If the buses themselves have not yet been ordered, then yes. What companies are recommended? DAQ cannot recommend specific companies. Consider reaching out to partner agencies or other local entities for potential recommendations. See additional resources on our website, https://deq.nc.gov/documents/files/vw/additional-resources-vw-applicants/download. Are federal government entities eligible to apply for this grant? No, only state, local, and tribal government entities. If we have never had a transit bus and looking to buy new, can we use these funds? No. This program requires that you replace an existing diesel bus in your fleet. Can you use this funding to pay for bus chargers only? No. The charger must be included with an electric bus purchase. Can the charger be a DC Fast instead of a Level 2 charger? Yes. We have not specified the type of charger that can be purchased. The amount of award for charging infrastructure is limited to $75,000 per bus. Where is the language found on the grant for the charger? Specific charger types are not included in the RFP. Are we responsible for the cost to scrap the old bus? Is that cost covered? Scrappage costs are not covered in this funding. Is a non-profit federally-funded agency eligible to apply? Yes. Public and nonprofit agencies are eligible to apply. Why are dual port chargers not allowed? Dual port chargers will be allowed up to the maximum reimbursement amount of $75,000, if required by the electric bus or is the only option available from the bus vendor. Does the $75K for the charger included conduit, etc.? Yes. These are eligible costs. Can you anticipate what might be done in case of delays in manufacturing? Contracts will be for 2 years. If you are awarded a contract and there are delays in manufacturing near the end of the contract, we will work with you. Can an applicant combine their own funds with grant funds if they wanted to install a dual port charger? Yes. Make sure to include that information in your budget information.