2023 Mobile Sources Emissions Reductions Grants Awarded

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality announced more than $1.1 million in grant funding awards to projects that will reduce air pollution from diesel powered mobile sources, as part of the 2023 Mobile Sources Emissions Reductions grants. 

Press Release

Program Details

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) administers the Mobile Sources Emissions Reduction Program to fund the replacement of older diesel vehicles with cleaner alternatives. The goal of the program is to achieve signification reductions in diesel emissions, including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and greenhouse gases.

Mobile Sources Emissions Reduction Grants can fund a wide range of projects. Projects include: 

  • Repowering on-road and nonroad equipment with newer, cleaner engines
  • Replacing old on-road and nonroad equipment with new, cleaner vehicles
  • Converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels
  • Expanding medium and heavy duty electric vehicle usage throughout the state

Any private or public sector entity with a physical presence in North Carolina is eligible to apply. All original equipment or vehicles must be operational in the previous two years and the replacement equipment or vehicle must be operated at least 70% in North Carolina for the next 5 years.


The Mobile Sources Emissions Reduction program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. Funds may be supplemented with North Carolina Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funds.

2023 Grant Program

In 2023, approximately $1,118,000 is available in the program to replace diesel vehicles. Based on the number of proposals received and the available funding, DAQ will reserve the right to award less than the total amount requested in any application. 

For more information, read the official grant program Request for Proposal guidance.

Grant timeline

Task Date
Request for Proposals released - Application open November 1, 2023
Question and answer session on RFP and DAQ Grant Management System December 1, 2023
How to Apply - Question and answer webinar  January 10, 2024
Application closes in DAQ Grant Management System February 2, 2024
Application review and project selection February - March 2024
Award Notifications April 2024
Contract processing  April - May 2024
Project Completion September 30, 2026

Project Eligibility

Use our DERA Eligibility tool to determine project eligibility and cost share requirements.

Documents and Workshops

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Before you submit your application, check your eligibility in the RFP.

The application must be completed in the DAQ Grant Management System.

Download the Vehicle Spreadsheet

When the vehicle spreadsheet opens in your browser, download and save to your computer using the name format: YourOrganization_ProjectTitle_DERA_Application.

Download Required Attachments Checklist

A sample application from data entered into the DAQ Grants Management System and Vehicle Spreadsheet are provided below.

Example MSERG Application

Example MSERG Application Spreadsheet

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December 1, 2023

2023 NCDAQ MSERG RFP December 1, 2023 Webinar

Download the 2023 MSERG Program RFP Overview Webinar Presentation.

Questions and Answers from the December 1, 2023 webinar.

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January 18, 2024

2023 NCDAQ MSERG How to Apply January 10, 2024 Webinar

Download the 2024 MSERG How to Apply Webinar Presentation.

Questions and Answers from the January 10, 2024 webinar.

N.C. Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Program Contacts

Sheila Blanchard
DERA Environmental Program Consultant
Phone 919-707-8423

Matthew Hoskins
Environmental Program Consultant
Phone 919-707-8424

Steven Rice
Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor
Phone 919-707-8404

If you need this information in Spanish or another language, please call 919-609-2189 or send an email to Guadalupe.Jimenez@deq.nc.gov.