One of the first challenges anyone interested in funding opportunities must face is the “acronym barrier,” or, more aptly, the AB. Here is a short list of some of the acts, grant administering entities and funding programs often referred to by their acronyms only:

  • ARRA — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Made some $600 million available for the purchase of new alternative fuel, clean diesel or hybrid medium- or heavy-duty trucks.

  • AOI — Areas of Interest. The kinds of projects that a particular funding program is hoping to help with is financial support.

  • CARB — California Air Resources Board. Administers numerous grant programs, including the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.

  • CMAQ — Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement. A funding program jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

  • DERA — Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Funds were available for covering up to 25% of the cost of a new alternative fuel vehicle, if the old vehicle was rendered useless by boring a hole in the engine block.

  • DOE — U.S. Dept. of Energy. Funds numerous programs, including the Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector (administered through the Clean Cities Coalitions) and the Recovery Act-Transportation Electrification.

  • EISA — Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Mandates graduated increases in the volume of renewable fuels, calling for a rise in reliance on renewable fuels to increase to 36 billion gals. per year by 2022 from a 2008 level of 9 billion gals.

  • EPA — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Funds numerous programs, including the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program, SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program.

  • EPACT — The Federal Energy Policy Act. Requires state and federal fleets and fuel provider fleets to purchase alternative fuel vehicles.

  • GSA — U.S. General Services Administration. Recently announced plans to buy and deliver $300 million worth of energy-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles to replace operational motor vehicles currently in the federal inventory.

  • NYSERDA — New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

  • SCAQMD: — California's South Coast Air Quality Management District. Administers grants for projects within the district's four-county area.

  • SEDC — EPA Southeast Diesel Collaborative. Manages a Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant.

  • SMAQMD — Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. Administers numerous funding programs for fleets operating within the Sacramento Federal Ozone Nonattainment Area.

  • TERP — Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. Established in 2001 to help improve air quality.

  • TIGGER — Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction. Administer grants to public transportation agencies for capital projects such as the replacement or repowering of existing buses with more energy-efficient buses.