MARAMA’s Request for Proposals (RFPs) listed below, provide detailed requirements for each specific project.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative plans to submit an application to EPA Region 3 in response to its upcoming RFP for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program (DERA). We are seeking Preliminary Applications from interested participants.

Targeted fleets/projects include:

  • Medium and Heavy-duty trucks
  • Marine engines
  • Marine Shore connections
  • Locomotives
  • Electrified Parking Spaces
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Idle Reduction Technologies
  • Non-road engines or vehicles used in:
    • Construction
    • Cargo Handling (including at a port or airport)
  • School Buses
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Energy Production

Information needed from you:

  1. Depending on the number, nature and costs of preliminary applications received, MARAMA will decide which projects will be selected based on consideration of factors described in EPA’s RFP. To be considered for inclusion as part of the MARAMA/MDC proposal, please provide the information described below:
  • Program Title
  • Short Project description (retrofit 40 school buses with DPF’s, or repower 10 construction vehicles etc.)
  • Project Leader Contact Information (name, organization, email, phone, fax)
  • Project Partners (if applicable)
  • Fleet Description – type of vehicle, number of engines, engine horse power, usage rates per year, and technologies to be used to reduce emissions.
  • Preliminary project cost, requested grant Support, and cost share amount to be provided by the applicant. Grant support and cost share should be limited to equipment and labor for installation of equipment. (Depending on the emission reduction project, grant amounts may range from 25% to 100% of the project cost.)
  • Timeline for project completion, including milestones for specific tasks, such as bidding, procurement, installation, and reports. Timeline for project should be no more than 18 months.
  • Estimated Diesel Emissions Reduction: (please use EPA’s Emissions Quantifier)
  • Estimated fuel savings to be achieved by this project.
  1. Project location – including whether the project is located in a priority area for the DERA program and/or EPA Region 3 priority areas. These include:
  • Designated PM2.5 or 8-hr ozone nonattainment areas or maintenance areas where all or part of the population is exposed to more than 2.0 ug/m3 of diesel PM emissions based on EPA’s 2011 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment Areas designated as federal Class I Areas
  • Areas that EPA has accepted to participate in EPA’s Ozone or PM2.5 Advance Programs
  • Urban areas in Region 3
  • Areas along interstate goods movement corridors
  • Ports
  • Environmental justice communities
  1. Description of how this project supports a community-based, multi-stakeholder collaborative process to reduce diesel emissions.

MARAMA will work with a technical review committee from the mid-Atlantic region to select projects for inclusion in the proposal.

Project leader selected for the MARAMA application would prepare project specific data and supply a financial proposal.

MARAMA would prepare the general contents of the application, including the narrative and budget details based on partner input.

If a grant is awarded, MARAMA will sign MOA’s with partners included as part of the grant.

MARAMA would seek to issue subawards not contracts.

Please forward preliminary applications by October 15, 2023 to:
Debbie Thomas, Program Manager

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, Inc. (MARAMA) is a Maryland-based non-profit corporation of ten state and local air pollution control agencies. MARAMA’s mission is to strengthen the skills and capabilities of member agencies and to help them work together to prevent and reduce air pollution impacts in the Mid-Atlantic Region. One of our objectives is to provide training to help improve the technical knowledge and skills of the staff and managers of Mid-Atlantic air pollution control agencies.

LINK TO DETAILED RFP: Develop and Present a Leadership Training Program RFP

RFP Summary
Funding for this work is from MARAMA’s grant from Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, grant number XA-96380401 (CFDA 66.034 – Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Demonstrations, and Special Purpose Activities relating to the Clean Air Act).

Environmental regulatory air agencies are undergoing a significant amount of turnover with many experienced staff now pursuing retirement, thus creating a great deal of opportunity within agencies. Leadership roles are being thrust on a new generation of employees who may or may not have had any formal training in this important area of organizational function. Agency employment requirements focus on the technical skills needed for this line of work but for agencies to be high performing and meet the needs of society, soft skills and leadership training is critical both in this region and across the country.

MARAMA is seeking a partner to develop a series of training opportunities that could include virtual classes, in-person classes along with workshops to provide soft skills and leadership training to air quality regulatory staff. Since this is a new endeavor, MARAMA is looking for a partner to have an ongoing relationship with to deliver these types of training opportunities for a period of time, depending on the proposals received. This opportunity may also include similar multi-jurisdictional organizations like MARAMA to join the effort to have their regional staff trained. Providing real air quality examples and challenges would be a real plus for any proposal received.

Nature of Contract
Contract will provide for a fixed fee for services. The contractor will be financially responsible for travel and lodging expenses (including meals), transportation, and any other costs not identified under the MARAMA Responsibilities section outlined above.
MARAMA may establish more than one contract under this request for proposals depending on the proposals received and the sources of funding available.
Payment of the total fee will not be made until all agreed products are delivered in acceptable quality.

Submission Requirements
If you are interested in developing and presenting one or more in-person and/or virtual courses, please email your proposal to MARAMA’s Training Coordinators, Jackie Burkhardt and Sue Dilli at

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM on June 9, 2023

Request for Proposals: APTI 350 Asbestos NESHAP Inspection and Safety Procedures
Applicant Award: The Environmental Institute (A Division of ATC Group Services LLC, An Atlas Company)
Contract Number: FY2020-003
Notification Date: August 20, 2020