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Community Air Protection Program Incentives

STATUS: Application Period is currently OPEN for the Communtiy Air Protection Program.  

The state Legislature set aside funds for air quality improvement projects to accompany AB 617 Community Air Monitoring efforts. This funding is being implemented through the Community Air Protection (CAP) Incentive Program, which is a separate, but a counterpart effort to the AB 617 Community Air Protection Blue Print and designated AB617 South Sacramento/Florin Air Monitoring Community

The Sac Metro Air District has received a total of $16 Million for the Community Air Protection Incentive program. The first year(2018-2019), expanded the District's current Carl Moyer Program and the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. Both these programs help public agencies and businesses purchase less polluting heavy duty engines and equipment, such as, trucks, buses, trains, off-road equipment and zero-emission charging stations.  For the  second year(2019-2020), the Community Air Protection Guidelines allowed incentives for projects that reduce air pollution at  hexavalent chromium plating facilities and schoolsFor this next year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is working to include more  project type options for stationary air pollution sources and guidelines for Community Emission Reduction Program (CERP) projects. 

For the third year (2020-2021), the Sac Metro Air District will continue this success with another round of funding. Over $6 million in funding will be available for projects that reduce air pollution in the Florin-South Sacramento Community and other Disadvantaged Communities in Sacramento and Yolo/Solano Air Districts. Projects must have community support and meet identified community needs for air pollution reduction

 

Eligible categories are listed below:

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  • Carl Moyer Program Eligible Projects
    • On-Road Heavy Duty Vehicles
      • Replacing school buses, refuse trucks, delivery trucks, and other community vehicles with zero or near-zero emission replacements
      • Must not be required by ARB regulations
      • Funding is not available to purchase diesel trucks
    • Off-Road Equipment
      • Replacing commercial and industrial off-road mobile equipment with new low emission models
      • Must not be required by ARB regulations
      • Agricultural projects may be considered only in Sacramento County on a case by case basis for CAPI funds
    • Locomotives
      • Replacing older diesel switcher and line haul locomotives with Tier 4 replacements
    • Publicly Accessible Low Carbon Fueling Infrastructure
      • Partial funding for low carbon fueling including electric vehicle chargers, hydrogen stations, and natural gas fueling open to the public meeting strategic community needs
  • Community Air Protection Incentive Projects
    • Reducing Air Pollution in Schools
      • Composite Wood Projects
      • Zero-Emission Lawn and Garden Equipment, including private contractors serving schools
      • Air Filtration Systems
      • School Transportation Projects
    • Stationary Source Projects
      • The Sac Metro Air District may fund projects that meet the requirements outlined in the CAPI guidelines if there is substantial community support for the project. Please review the guidelines and contact District staff before applying.

Applications must include all requirements outlined in both the CAPI and Carl Moyer Program guidelines. The Sac Metro Air District conducted several surveys and workshops with the community to determine local priorities for this round of funding. While this process is ongoing and will include future projects not currently available, community priorities for this round of funding are:

  1. Cars/Light Duty Vehicles
    1. This priority can be addressed with publicly accessible electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen to support zero emission cars.
  2. Heavy Duty Trucks
    1. This priority can be addressed with replacing existing diesel trucks with zero emission trucks, especially community vehicles that travel within residential neighborhoods.
    2. Funding hydrogen and natural gas infrastructure will also help promote the use of cleaner heavy duty trucks in the community.
  3. School & Transit Buses
    1. This priority can be addressed with replacing school buses with electric replacements.
    2. Transit buses in Sacramento already run on natural gas and are among the cleanest vehicles in the community and are not typically eligible for CAPI due to regulatory issues with the Innovative Clean Transit regulation, but the Sac Metro Air District is working to deploy zero emission transit vehicles under other programs.
    3. Hydrogen infrastructure to support trucks may also help bus deployment.
  4. Other Project Categories
    1. Many of the eligible project categories also have substantial community benefit even though they may not be a top priority.
    2. Project applicants in these categories will need to show specific community support for their application.
    3. Please contact District staff if you are interested in other project categories before applying.

Application Process

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sac Metro Air District is closed to the public with most employees working remotely. This means our incentive solicitation will need to use digital methods as much as possible to ensure compliance with public health orders while providing the best possible customer service. Applicants will need to submit their applications electronically through the District's website.

The application period will open on March 29, 2021 and end on May 28, 2021. Applicants will enter most of the information through the online form found on each program page and upload attachments as needed for each funding stream. Once complete, applicants will receive an email showing their application was received. The Sac Metro Air District recommends that applicants keep a copy of all application records. It is also recommended that applicants use a PDF app for their Apple or Android phones that can convert pictures into PDF to make the process easier.

Staff may begin contacting applicants before the application period is complete about their project. Some projects may have enough community benefit that awards may be issued prior to the end of the solicitation, but most projects will be evaluated later. Projects with an award greater than $1 million will require approval by the Sac Metro Air District Board of Directors. This may delay projects as the board meets monthly and does not meet in June 2021.

Applications missing information may be given 30 days to submit any incomplete or ineligible documents. Staff may also request additional information from applicants if needed to evaluate the project. If a project is selected for funding, the project may require a pre-inspection where the applicant will be contacted by one of our staff to coordinate a virtual inspection of the equipment. In some cases, the applicant will be offered an award lower than the amount requested in the application or the maximum grant for the project. This reduction is done if the Sac Metro Air District does not have enough funding for the project or staff determines that the application does not qualify for full funding.

If selected for funding, applicants will enter into a funding agreement with the Sac Metro Air District. The agreement will match the individual or business entity listed on the application and Payee Data Record.

Applicants must be compliant with state and local air quality regulations and will be checked. Most agreements have a term of 3-10 years with annual reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance. Participants can transfer their agreements to other parties if in the best interest of air quality in the region. On-road vehicle projects require the Sac Metro Air District to be listed a lien holder on the title, and all other projects require a UCC filing to secure interest in the equipment. These are released at the end of the agreement.

For this solicitation, development applications will also be accepted for potential projects. Development applications are applications still under development with pending partners, locations, and/or technologies. The Sac Metro Air District understands that advanced technology projects require a lot of development and is willing to work with applicants who want to work in partnership to identify eligible projects outside the application period. Examples would be a city who wants to develop mobility hubs but has not identified a specific location or proposal or a community based organization who would like an EV charger but has not begun the process. Please note that these applications may not be ranked as high as other applications and may also not qualify for all funding programs.

Applications not selected for funding will be placed in a pending file for future funding opportunities. If an applicant does not want their application to be held, she or he must contact the Sac Metro Air District to withdraw their application. The Sac Metro Air District may also forward applications to other agencies who may have funding for the project. Please contact staff if you have any questions about the application process.

Applications can be submitted through the Carl Moyer Program page accessible here.




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