News Release for August 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MaineDOT Seeks To Distribute $3 Million in VW Settlement Funds

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking to distribute approximately $3 million in Volkswagen environmental mitigation settlement funds. This money is what's remaining in the Appendix D-2 Eligible Mitigation Action category. An eligible party still operating a vehicle with a diesel engine from 2009 or earlier may receive between 25 and 80 percent of the base price of a new vehicle through this settlement fund.

This is the second round of competitive funding. The first round, announced last year, resulted in payments totaling nearly $2 million. MaineDOT will continue to distribute funds until they are exhausted.

How To Apply:

  1. The 2019 application can be found here:
  2. MaineDOT will begin accepting applications for this second round of funding on September 16th, 2019.
  3. All applications must be submitted by November 15th, 2019.
  4. Applications must be mailed or emailed to:

    David Gardner

    Maine Department of Transportation

    Environmental Office

    16 State House Station

    Augusta, ME 04333

  5. Vehicles being replaced must be in operation and planned to be in operation. Vehicles not in service will not be considered.

  6. Decision criteria are included in the application.
  7. Application results will be finalized around January 2nd, 2020. A notification of award or non-award will be mailed to the applicant and results will be posted at:


The U.S. District Court in Northern California approved a partial consent decree to settle allegations that Volkswagen had installed defective devices on 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold or leased in the United States. Maines VW settlement allocation totals a little more than $21 million dollars. The Appendix D-2 Eligible Mitigation Action category represents $5 million of that total. Individuals and entities that have an interest in applying for Maine VW environmental mitigation settlement funds are encouraged to submit applications.

Maine Department of Transportation is the lead state agency for Maines VW settlement fund. If you have any questions, please contact MaineDOT's David Gardner by email at, or visit Maines VW settlement website - - for more information.