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GRADE for Freight Funding Opportunity




Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE) 

$500,000 Available Until July 31, 2016

 $500,000 in funding is available from ​​GRADE for Freight! Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) will award sub-grants of up to 50% of the cost to replace older diesel-powered freight vehicles and equipment with newer cleaner-operating equipment. 

Eligible diesel vehicles and equipment operate at goods movement facilities such as rail terminals, airports, and distribution centers.  Equipment must operate at least 75% of time in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union (NC), and York (SC) counties. MCAQ will be hosting opportunities to learn more and access help with informational sessions at their Charlotte location. To find more information on the grant application click here.

INFORMATION SESSION: June 14, 2:00-2:30 PM

DROP-IN APPLICATION SESSION: July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM and July 20, 9:00-10:00 AM

 In 2007, Mecklenburg County Air Quality initiated an air pollution control program called Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines or GRADE.  GRADE is designed to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), an ozone forming air pollutant, by providing businesses and organizations funding incentives to replace or repower heavy-duty non-road equipment with newer, cleaner, less polluting engines.

Since 2007, GRADE has funded a total of 282 projects and awarded $5.09 million. These projects have reduced 489 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region. The grant application can be found here

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Charlotte, NC 28262

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