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Resouces Funding for Guidance Document

Resources and Funding ---
Guidance Document for
Addressing Air Quality Issues in
General Plans and Local Planning

To incorporate many of the Guidance Document policies further technical research and additional funding resources may be required.

This page provides resource links as a starting point to begin further technical research. Included below is a list of: resources; potential funding resources available to local governments; and, other sources that may facilitate the incorporation and implementation of the Guidance Document polices. (from Appendix E of the Guidance Document).


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Funding Sources

  • AB2766 Subvention Fund
    Cities within the jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) receive a portion of the fees charged to register motor vehicles.  AQMD disburses this fund to the cities on a quarterly basis.  The revenue must be used to fund projects and programs that reduce emissions from mobile sources.
  • Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP) - Rule 2202 - AQMD
    AQIP funds are used to reduce emissions to levels that are equivalent to levels that would have been achieved if the employer had implemented other strategies in the rule.  The AQMD accepts emission reduction proposals and awards contracts on a bi-annual basis.  Qualified AQIP proposals may include the purchase of clean on-road and off-road vehicles, and projects that enhance mobility (e.g. shuttle services)
  • Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program
    The Carl Moyer program is designed to facilitate the introduction and use of low-emission, heavy-duty engines.  Funds may be used to help purchase or repower new vehicles.  New vehicles and equipment must achieve a 30 percent reduction of NOx emissions compared to current emission standards.
  • Clean Cities Program - U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
    The Clean Cities Program is a locally based public/private alliance to expand the use of alternative fuels to gasoline and diesel fuel.  By combining local decision-making with voluntary action by partners, the grassroots approach of Clean Cities departs from traditional top-down federal programs.  It creates an effective plan carried out at the local level for creating a sustainable nationwide alternative fuels mark
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program (FHWA)
    California CMAQ Program (Caltrans)
    This program is implemented by the local transportation commissions or metropolitan planning organization.  Funding is available for transit improvement projects and alternative fuels.
  • Financial Assistance for Small Business - AQMD
    Small businesses that are planning to purchase air pollution control equipment may apply for a loan guarantee under the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP). To be eligible for assistance, a business must be subject to AQMD rules and regulations and must meet the definition of small business set by the U.S. Small Business Administration (typically less than 500 employees and $5 million annual gross revenue).
  • Lower Emission School Bus Program - AQMD
    AQMD requires public schools and private operators with more than 15 or more school buses to purchase or lease cleaner buses to protect children from exposure to toxic diesel emissions.  AQMD grants are available to public school districts for the purchase of clean school buses (e.g. compressed natural gas or low-emitting diesel), and for the retrofit of diesel buses with particulate traps.
  • Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) – Competitive Grants
    The discretionary funds are to be used for clean air projects that results in direct and tangible reductions in air pollution from vehicles within the South Coast Air District.  Project categories include clean fuel vehicles, alternative fuel infrastructure, transportation control measures; such as ridesharing telecommuting, videoconferencing, parking management, traffic synchronization and research and development of new clean air technologies, as well as educational projects.
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
    Provides grants for:  public and intermodal transportation planning studies; training and development of transit planning professionals; environmental Justice in transportation planning; and, transportation and land-use planning projects that support livable communities.  Also check the Funding Chart for an overview of funding sources in California.
  • State and Local Climate and Energy Program (USEPA)
    EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments.
    Also see:
    Manage subscriptions page - subscribe to receive notifications of new grant opportunities and other updates. - where you can find and apply for federal grants.

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Other Sources

  • The Bright Schools Program - California Energy Commission
    Did you know that most schools spend more money on energy each year than on school supplies?  You can change that by lowering your school's energy bills using readily available, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems and reduce annual utility costs by an average of 20 percent. The Bright Schools Program can help you get the most from your renovation and maintenance investments with an evaluation of your maintenance plans, renovation plans, or an energy audit of your facilities.
    Where you can find and apply for federal grants.  Website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities.
  • National Center for Transit Research - University of Southern Florida
            --- Incorporating TDM into the Land Development Process
    This report is intended to provide detailed information to transportation professionals regarding how to incorporate TDM strategies into the land development process.

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