BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality is accepting applications for project funding from the state's share of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement, the agency said Monday, Sept. 9.

The department may issue up to $2.7 million during the first year of the project. The state's total share from the settlement is roughly $8.1 million.

Funding will be available to government and non-government entities for projects that mitigate negative air quality effects caused by Volkswagen's use of emissions testing defeating devices.

More information, including application instructions, can be found on the DEQ's website. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Oct. 25.