Volkswagen Trust Funds - Airport and Cargo Equipment
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources accepted applications Monday, March 2 through May 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. CDT. Qualifying applicants included ground support equipment used to service aircraft, forklifts and other port cargo handling equipment.
For the purposes of this category, “Government” means a state or local government agency (including but not limited to a school district, municipality, city, county, special district, joint powers authority or port authority), or a tribal government or native village.
For the purposes of this category, “port” means a hub or node in the goods movement supply chain with freight activity that facilitates the distribution of goods by any mode of transportation across marine, air, rail and truck.
Eligible ground support equipment included Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2 diesel powered equipment or spark ignition equipment certified higher than 3 g/bhp-hr. Eligible port cargo handling equipment included rubber-tired gantry cranes, shuttle carries, straddle carriers, and terminal tractors which operate within ports. Government applicants could request up to 75% of the cost to repower or replace eligible equipment; private applicants could request up to 50% of the cost to repower or replace eligible equipment.
Program requirements must be followed. Highlights include:
- Airport ground support equipment is powered by a Tier 0, Tier 1, or Tier 2 diesel engine; or by a spark ignition engine certified higher than 3g/bhp-hr.
- Forklifts must have a lift capacity greater than 8,000 pounds.
- Port cargo handling equipment must meet one of the listed types of equipment.
- All projects in this category must repower or replace their equipment with all-electric engines or equipment.
- Government applicants may request up 75% of the cost to replace or repower their eligible equipment.
- Private entities may request up to 50% of the cost to replace or repower their eligible equipment.
- Maximum total funding request per applicant is $1 million.
Waiver InformationIn limited circumstances, the department may grant a waiver to Missouri’s VW Trust Program Requirements. To qualify, the applicant must provide the following information:
- The applicant must identify the program requirement for which the waiver is being requested.
- The applicant must document the reason for the waiver request.
- If the applicant is requesting a waiver of a deadline, the applicant must propose a timeline for compliance.
- Notification of the waiver will be provided by email to the person and email address specified by the requester
- The applicant must acknowledge that the department cannot, under any circumstances, waive any provisions of the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust. If uncertain, we highly encourage you to reach out to us to determine if a waiver is possible for your particular circumstances.
Example reason for waiver:
An entity is unable to disable their vehicle within the 60-day allowed period after delivery of the new vehicle and requests a two-week extension. Reasons for the extension have included delays with licensing the new vehicle, weather delays at the metal recycling operation for disabling the old vehicle, complications related to COVID quarantine requirements, etc.
By issuing a waiver, the department is waiving penalty assessments based on the conditions of the waiver. The waiver shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of other program requirements or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach of any program requirements.