South Shore Clean Cities is accepting applications for the BP - Cleaner Air Through Diesel Emissions Reduction grant program.

The program, dubbed BP-CADER, involves a competitive grant award aimed at improving air quality in Lake County through diesel emission reduction projects.

A total of $450,000 in grant funds are available to qualified projects submitted by Lake County municipalities, local public agencies, public schools and not-for-profit hospitals.

The BP-CADER program is a cooperative agreement between BP's Whiting Refinery, the Sierra Club, Save the Dunes, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Hoosier Environmental Council, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Environmental Integrity Project and two private citizens.

The request for proposals and application form is available for download at www.southshorecleancities.org by clicking on the BP-CADER logo on the left side of the page. Application deadlines vary based on project type and are detailed on the Clean Cities' website.