Grant Programs Improving Air Quality


The Go RED! (Reduce Emissions from Diesels) Program

What is it? This program provides funding to reduce emissions from medium and heavy duty diesel vehicles using a variety of equipment.

Eligibility: public, private, and non-profit entities

Application Period: DEQ 2021 Go RED program will open for application submittals on December 1, 2021. For this program, DEQ has established a monthly rolling deadline for application submissions until all funds are awarded. The first deadline is December 31, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). Subsequent deadlines occur on 4:30 p.m. CST on the last business day of each month until available funds are awarded, or until April 30, 2022. Projects must be completed by August 31, 2022. Information on projects funded, including the number of awards, monetary amounts, and technologies funded, will be made public on the DEQ website within 60 days of award.

More Information: Please see the Go RED! webpage

Program Contact: Deiona McKnight, (501) 682-0641 and Mikayla Shaddon 501-682-0808

The Clean Fuels Program

What is it? The Clean Fuels Funding Assistance Program (“Clean Fuels program”) is a competitive funding opportunity to repower or replace eligible medium trucks, heavy trucks, or buses with new lower-emitting alternative-fueled technologies. The goal of the Clean Fuels program is to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from across the state and spur markets for alternative fuels. No more than $200,000 will be awarded to any one entity during the first program cycle.

Eligibility: public, private, and non-profit entities

Application Period: Applications will be accepted between October 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021

More Information: Please see the Applicant Guidance including for information on eligibility, cost-share requirements, and the project selection process. The Applicant Guidance also contains the link to the online application form.

Program Contact: Deiona McKnight, (501) 682-0641 and Mikayla Shaddon 501-682-0808

The Arkansas Asbestos Abatement Grant Program

What is it? The Arkansas Asbestos Grant Program is a competitive grants program to assist cities and counties with abatement, stabilization, and remediation in asbestos-related activities.

Eligibility: Arkansas cities or counties with populations less than 50,000 according to the most recent federal decennial census and that meet the requirements under Ark. Code Ann § 20-27-1009 are eligible to apply.

Application Period: Completed applications and associated documents are due to DEQ no later than June 1st of each year by 4:30 p.m. CST with award notifications occurring on or about October 15th.

More Information: Please see the Applicant Guidance including for information on eligibility, cost-share requirements, and the project selection process. The Applicant Guidance also contains the link to the online application form.

Program Contact: Asbestos Grant Staff, (501) 682-0718

The Advanced Bus and Clean (ABC) Transportation Program

What is it? The ABC Transportation Program is a competitive funding assistance program, funded by the Volkswagen Settlement fund, to replace diesel-fueled school or transit buses with alternative-fueled or all-electric equivalent vehicles. The goal of the ABC transportation program is to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from Arkansas fleets and to encourage the development of alternative fuels infrastructure within the state.

Eligible Entities: Public school districts or transit authorities

Application Deadline: October 31, 2022

More Information: Please see the Applicant Guide for more information on eligibility, cost-share requirements, and project selection. The Applicant Guide also contains the link to the online application form.

Program Contacts: Mikayla Shaddon, (501) 682-0808, and Deiona McKnight, (501) 682-0641

Volkswagen Settlement Programs in Development

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program –

This is a funding assistance program for the installation of new EV charging stations.

Program Contact: Jason Willey, (501) 682-0962

Some of these programs are funded under the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust as stated in the Arkansas Amended Beneficiary Mitigation Plan . More information can be found on the VW Settlement webpage.

You may find information on Arkansas Energy Office Programs here. Many Arkansas Energy Office Programs increase energy efficiency and therefore reduce emissions of certain pollutants.