Financial Incentive Grant Program

Grants for dry cleaners are no longer available

The Dry-Cleaning Grant Program issued close to $3.9 million dollars in funding to dry-cleaners and assisted over 650 businesses transition from perchloroethylene, a toxic air contaminant, to non-toxic dry-cleaning processes. 

Program Background

If you are a dry cleaner operating within the 4-county jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), we want to help you switch to a dry cleaning machine that does not use the toxic chemical, perchloroethylene (perc).

The South Coast AQMD’s dry cleaning rule, Rule 1421 (PDF) includes deadlines that will gradually phase out the use of perc in this region. Don’t wait until the deadline. We are offering grant money for a limited time to encourage you to switch to non-perc equipment as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of money available, and it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • $20,000 grants available for: CO2 Machines
  • $10,000 grants available for: Professional Wet Cleaning Systems (water-based system consisting of washer, dryer, tensioning pants topper, and tensioning form finisher, South Coast AQMD approved equipment only)
  • Up to $5,000 grants available for: Incomplete Professional Wet Cleaning Systems (South Coast AQMD approved equipment only, contact an South Coast AQMD representative for details)

Note:  Grant funds are only available for cleaning equipment listed in the document titled Pro Wet Cleaning Equip Report.” (PDF). Additional equipment may be approved by South Coast AQMD on a case-by-case basis.

For application forms, instructions and other information about the grant program, contact the Small Business Assistance Office, or download them through the links below.

Forms and Instructions

Original, signed copies of form numbers 1, 3, 4, and 5 are all required for each grant application. Each grant application package must also include a clear copy of the purchase agreement or invoice. Each piece of professional wet cleaning equipment must be South Coast AQMD approved - see #6 below, "Equipment Report: CO2 and Professional Wet Cleaning Technologies."



1. Application for financial assistance for alternative dry cleaning equipment purchases.* 


2. Instructions for obtaining South Coast AQMD financial incentives to purchase non-perc alternative dry cleaning equipment.


3. Terms and conditions for financial incentive grant program to assist dry cleaners to purchase non-perc alternative technologies.*


4. Business information request form.*


 5. Equipment Report: CO2 and Professional Wet Cleaning Technologies.  (1.1MB)

*Original signature required on these forms.


Small Business Assistance Office
Toll-free: 1-800-388-2121
Ph: 909-396-3529

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