Media Advisory: Free Webinar -- “Preparing your DERA Grant Application: What You Need to Know for FY2011”

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials will offer assistance to local and state government agencies, private companies and non-profit associations to draft more effective applications for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants that will be offered by EPA in November.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will offer assistance to local and state government agencies, private companies and non-profit associations to draft more effective applications for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants that will be offered by EPA in November.

This free webinar is being hosted by the Diesel Technology Forum and will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Webinar Is Important to Applicants
Because EPA Assistance Ends Once Request for Proposals Is Issued
DERA was created to improve America's air quality by upgrading and modernizing older diesel engines and equipment through engine replacements and the application of new exhaust emissions filters and catalysts. These upgrades can reduce emissions from older engines by as much as 90 percent. The National Academy of Sciences calls DERA one of the most cost-effective air quality projects in the nation.

In November, EPA will release a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for DERA grant applications. This next funding round will likely include $60 million to be split among all DERA national and state program components.

Once the RFP is issued, EPA officials are prohibited from advising interested parties about their applications.

As a result, the Diesel Technology Forum has invited EPA officials to share their insights and counsel with us on October 5th for the benefit of those who have been unsuccessful in winning a grant award in previous years.

Join the Forum and EPA officials to learn about the details of this upcoming DERA funding round along with application tips from grant reviewers, those who have helped grantees put their proposal together and one that has recently found success in this process.

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean diesel technologies. Forum members include engine and vehicle manufacturers, diesel fuel refiners, and manufacturers of emissions control devices. For more information about the Forum, visit our web site at http://www.dieselforum.org.

Contact:
Steve Hansen
(301) 668-7230
shansen(at)dieselforum(dot)org

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