Kansas Diesel

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment established the Kansas Clean Diesel Program to use funds from the EPA for providing grants to help school districts, truck fleet owners, construction companies and other businesses install proven clean diesel technologies.

The Kansas Clean Diesel Program can help advance these technologies by offsetting costs associated with implementing diesel emissions reductions projects.

New Funding Round for Schools:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded funds in 2013 to Kansas and other states as part of the ongoing Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will use those funds to provide grants of up to $50,000 to selected school districts to help reduce the emissions from their diesel bus fleets. Due to funding limitations, KDHE is focusing the grant in areas where air quality is a higher concern. Therefore the school districts that may participate in this funding opportunity must be located within either the Kansas City or the Wichita metropolitan areas. Schools in the following counties are eligible to apply: Atchison, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Wyandotte, Butler, Cowley, Harvey, Kingman, Sedgwick and Sumner.

The starting date for submitting a Request for Proposal (application) to KDHE will be January 6, 2014. Due to recent snow storms, the application deadline has been extended to February 24, 2014.

Districts must use the award money for one of the following projects:

  • School bus replacement: KDHE will pay up to 25 percent of the total cost of a new school bus to replace a currently-used bus in the school's fleet.

  • Idling reduction technology installation on older buses in the school's fleet combined with a replacement school bus: KDHE will pay 100 percent of the cost of the purchase and installation of idling reduction technologies on the school's existing buses, if the project also includes a replacement school bus as stated above.

  • Idling reduction technology installation on older buses in the school's fleet: KDHE will pay up to 50 percent of the purchase and installation cost if the project includes idling control technologies only (if the project does not include a replacement school bus).

Kansas school districts that own their own fleets and are located within either the Kansas City or the Wichita metropolitan areas are invited to apply for this grant round. The request for proposals and application documents are located below.

If you have questions about the grant, please submit them by e-mail to Joyce Barrett. Questions and their answers will be posted on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website. The page will be updated frequently, and there are currently some questions and answers you might find beneficial.

More information about the Kansas Clean Diesel Program

Why diesel emissions reduction programs?

Diesel engines are efficient and durable, and are an important source of power for many areas of our national economy. They are critical components of Kansas industries such as agriculture, railroads, highway transportation, and natural gas and oil extraction. Diesel engines also pose significant air quality challenges because the exhaust contains fine particles, nitrogen oxides and other chemicals that directly contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and also increase ground level ozone formation.

New federal standards aim to reduce emissions from diesel engines by up to 90% for heavy duty vehicles made since 2007. Millions of older diesel engines do not meet the new clean diesel standards, yet many could remain in service for 20 years or more. Several technologies are available to reduce emissions from these engines, including new types of filters and new ways to reduce idling time.

To help diesel equipment owners incorporate cleaner technologies, Congress passed the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the National Clean Diesel Campaign to help diesel equipment owners incorporate cleaner technologies. The States work in partnership with the EPA to reduce diesel emissions, improve fuel consumption, increase vehicle life and protect the environment.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has participated in two types of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding Programs in recent years.

    1. The State Grant Program: EPA gives funds to KDHE, and KDHE then solicits applications from Kansas diesel equipment and vehicle owners. KDHE evaluates the proposals and distributes funding directly to the entities whose emissions reductions projects have been selected. The current new grant round for school districts is part of this type of state funding program.

    2. The National Competitive Grant Program: The second type of funding opportunity has occurred when the EPA offers a national competition for state air quality agencies. KDHE partners with a small number of public and/or private diesel fleet owners to submit a grant to EPA. KDHE competes with other states for funds, and the EPA selects the winners. KDHE has participated in several grant competitions of this type. Please visit the National Clean Diesel Campaign website for more information.

You can request to be included in the KDHE e-mail notification list. To sign up, please e-mail your request to KDHE and include your name, company and e-mail. You will be notified if future Diesel Emissions Reduction grant opportunities are announced.