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** Click here to apply for GRADE for Freight! **
$500,000 in funding is available from GRADE for Freight! 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.
Find out more in the Guidelines and FAQs or call MCAQ, 704-336-5430.
MCAQ will host the following sessions to answer additional questions about GRADE and offer assistance completing the application process at 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte, NC:
Info Session: June 14, 2:00-2:30PM
Drop-in Application Assistance: July 12, 2:00-3:00PM or July 20, 9:00-10:00AM
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 282 projects and awarded $5.09 million. These projects have reduced 489 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region. Watch the award-winning GRADE video for more information.
Get Started with GRADE: Learn the four-step GRADE process and start completing your application.
Project Summary: Read about current projects and past successes.
Regional Results: See a map of GRADE's regional impact.
Receive Notifications: Join our email distribution list so you will be notified when grant funding is available.
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For more information, contact
Jennifer Fickler or 980-314-3362.