Driving a Cleaner Illinois

Driving a Cleaner Illinois is the Illinois EPA’s grant program developed to distribute funding for various types of diesel emission reduction projects.  The Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program receives funding from a variety of sources, including the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Program, and Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. 

When a Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available for applicants, it is posted to this page in addition to Illinois' Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) website.  Each NOFO will include the funding source and amounts, applicant and vehicle/equipment eligibility, and specific information on how and when to apply.  More information about each funding source may be found below and on the respective webpages listed in the Links section below.  Sign up for the Driving a Cleaner Illinois listserv to receive updates and notifications when a NOFO is available. Be advised that the Agency does not provide advance notice of the timing or types of projects of future grant announcements. If you wish to be notified of grant announcements, please sign up for the listserv below.

Current Notice of Funding Opportunities

 

​Application Deadline​Contact
VW – Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
GATA Uniform Grant Budget Template VW R4
Instructions for GATA Uniform Grant Budget Template
Frequently Asked Questions: Driving a Cleaner Illinois Round 4 Funding: Light-Duty Electric Vehicle CDFC Infrastructure
December 30, 2022
epa.vwgrants@illinois.gov

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If you would like a copy of the NOFO e-mailed to you, please email epa.vwgrants@illinois.gov. 

Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program Funding Sources

Illinois EPA has a variety of funding sources for its Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program.  These funding sources are summarized below. Please periodically check this site or sign up for the listserv for “Current Notice of Funding Opportunities” regarding open application periods for these funds and select project types.

Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund

The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust was established by Appendix D of the VW Settlement because of Clean Air Act violations relating to installation of “defeat devices” in certain Volkswagen diesel vehicles.  Illinois’ initial allocation of funds was approximately $108 million.  The funds are to be used for projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in Illinois.

More information may be found on our VW Settlement webpage.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Funds

The purpose of the CMAQ program is to provide a funding source to state and local governments for transportation programs or projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality in areas that do not meet, or need to maintain compliance with, federal air quality standards. The Federal Highway Administration provides this funding to State Departments of Transportation. Through Intergovernmental Agreements, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides this funding to the Illinois EPA for ultimate granting to eligible applicants for eligible projects.

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Funds

The purpose of the DERA State Clean Diesel Grant Program is to enable participating states to support grant, rebate, and loan programs to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions.  Through this program, states enter into Cooperative Agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for administering their allocation of DERA funds for eligible project types. This funding is provided on a federal fiscal year basis.

Current Funding Availability for Driving a Cleaner Illinois

In accordance with GATA, Illinois EPA will provide a NOFO for open application periods for its Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program. Below are summaries of currently available funding along with links to the application materials.

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - Volkswagen

Up to $12.6 million in Volkswagen funding is being made available for Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in the three priority areas outlined in the VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). 

Illinois EPA is accepting applications to install and operate new light-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Applicants may find the NOFO and all application materials below and also at Illinois’ GATA webpage. Applicants must pre-qualify prior to application submission. For further information, see the GATA section below as well as at the GATA webpage.  Applications are due December 30, 2022. Applications should be signed, scanned and submitted to epa.vwgrants@illinois.gov by 5:00 pm CT December 30, 2022. Late, incomplete, or improperly submitted applications will be rejected without the opportunity to correct deficiencies.

Current Application Materials

VW – Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

GATA Uniform Grant Budget Template VW R4

Instructions for GATA Uniform Grant Budget Template


If you are having trouble opening the NOFO, your browser may be outdated. Please right-click the NOFO link and choose “save link as,” then open the downloaded file with Acrobat Reader. If you would like a copy of the NOFO e-mailed to you, please email epa.vwgrants@illinois.gov. 

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)

Illinois EPA does not have a current Notice of Funding Opportunity open for Driving a Cleaner Illinois - CMAQ.

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)
Illinois EPA does not have a current Notice of Funding Opportunity open for Driving a Cleaner Illinois - DERA.

VW Round 3 - Funding Summary Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions - DACI - VW Round 3.pdf updated August 4, 2021

Round 3 GATA Budget Template with highlights.pdf

Video of the May 16, 2019 Driving a Cleaner Illinois - VW Round 2 Webinar: Driving a Cleaner Illinois - Round 2 Webinar

Frequently Asked Questions - DACI - VW Round 1

Recent Awards

ApplicantProjectAmountFunding Source

​Barrington Transportation Co., Inc.

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$230,625

​VW Round 3

​Compass Transportation, LLC

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$230,396.25

​VW Round 3

​Huntley Consolidated School District 158

​4 electric school bus and charging station

​$1,042,611

​VW Round 3

​River Trails School District #26

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$288,215.25

​VW Round 3

​Wauconda Community Unit School District 118

​2 electric school bus and charging station

​$570,348

​VW Round 3

​First Student – Lake Park High School District 108

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$213,150.75

​VW Round 3

​First Student- Schaumburg School District 54

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$213,150.75

​VW Round 3

​First Student-Township High School District 214

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$213,150.75

​VW Round 3

​First Student – Edwardsville Community Unit District 7

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$213,150.75

​VW Round 3

​First Student- Collinsville Community Unit School District 10

​1 electric school bus and charging station

​$213,150.75

​VW Round 3

​Triad Community Unit School District 2

​3 electric school bus and charging station

​$791,145.75

​VW Round 3

Wauconda Community Unit School District 118

Sixty new direct-fired heaters for school buses.

$299,392.74

CMAQ

Triad Community Unit School District #2

Three all-electric school buses and the necessary charging infrastructure

$650,000

VW Round 2

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

Ten new compressed natural gas concrete mixer trucks

$607,838.65

DERA

Pace Suburban Bus

Six new compressed natural gas public transit buses

$2,353,843.80

VW Round 1

Chicago Transit Authority

Three new all-electric public transit buses

$1,895,476.50

VW Round 1

Cook-Illinois Corp.

Two new all-electric school buses and charging unit

$474,146.25

VW Round 1

First Student, Inc.

One new all-electric school bus and charging unit

$241,108.50

VW Round 1

Metra

Three passenger/commuter locomotives repowered with electric motors

$14,000,000

VW Round 1

Contact - For Questions Regarding:

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - VW grants, please use this email address:  epa.vwgrants@illinois.gov

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - CMAQ grants, please use this email address:  epa.cmaqgrants@illinois.gov.

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - DERA grants, please use this email address:  epa.deragrants@illinois.gov.


Please enter your email into the following listserv form if you would like to receive future updates about the Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link that you will need to click to confirm addition of your name to the list.

Listserv

 Documents and Links

Illinois EPA's VW Settlement page

U.S. EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) page

U.S. EPA's DERA State Program Information Guide

U.S. Department of Transportation CMAQ Program