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Grants for Air Emissions Reduction Projects

Several organizations have grant programs available to support air quality improvements from port operations. Grant funds are available from local, state and federal agencies for air emission reductions that go beyond current regulatory requirements. Potential grant opportunities are summarized below. Eligibility for the various programs is indicated for heavy-duty vehicles (HDV), harbor craft (HC), cargo handling equipment (CHE), ocean-going vessels (OGV), rail locomotives (RL).

San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan - Technology Advancement Program
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV, RL
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are developing a Technology Advancement Program (TAP) to support development and demonstration of new technologies in the port environment. The TAP will be primarily funded by both Ports with additional funding from participating agencies. Information for submitting proposals will be made available once the program is finalized. For additional information, contact Port of Long Beach (ph: 562-590-4160) or the Port of Los Angeles (ph: 310-732-3675).

Port of Los Angeles’ (POLA's) Port Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program (PAQMIP)
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV, RL
In February 2003, the POLA joined environmental and Harbor-area community groups in a settlement agreement that includes a series of environmental programs designed to improve the area’s air quality and quality of life. As part of this settlement, POLA has committed over $20 million over five years to pay for air quality mitigation projects that will accomplish two objectives: (1) reduction of emissions associated with port operations in the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, and (2) research and development of specific technologies that can be applied in the San Pedro Bay Port area to achieve the first objective. Emission reduction projects may include: conventional and alternative fuel repowers, retrofits, after-market technologies and new engine purchases as well as fueling infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles operating in and around the Port. The next PAQMIP Request for Proposals is expected for release in fall 2007. For additional information, contact Teresa Scognamillo at the Port of Los Angeles (ph: 310-732-3057).

South Coast Air Quality Management District Grants
Eligible Sources Categories: varies by program, as noted below
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) administers a number of grant funding programs targeted at reducing air emissions.

SCAQMD Carl Moyer Program
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC (no fishing vessels), CHE
The Carl Moyer Program is a grant program implemented by ARB and local air districts that funds the incremental cost of cleaner-than-required engines. Only emissions reductions that are surplus to regulatory requirements are eligible for Carl Moyer funding. SCAQMD administers both a Lower Emission Heavy Duty Engine Program and a Heavy Duty Truck Fleet Modernization Program.

SCAQMD Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP)
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV (possible)
The AQIP is a semi-annual program that uses funding from companies that choose to “buy-out” of the Rule 2202 Rideshare Program. Funding is allocated to projects that cost-effectively reduce emissions to offset those that would otherwise be reduced by increased rideshare efforts. About $1 million per year is available for this mobile source emission reduction program.

SCAQMD Clean Fuels Program
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV
The Clean Fuels Program funds a wide-range of new technology research, development and/or demonstration programs. Programs are selected for funding based on solicited and unsolicited proposals. Solicited proposals must be submitted in response to RFPs or unsolicited proposals can be submitted following the proposal guidelines.

Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC’s) “Clean Transportation Funding” Program
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, CHE

AB 2766 authorized a $4 per vehicle surcharge on annual vehicle registration fees. Of this fee, thirty cents of every dollar is deposited by the SCAQMD in a discretionary account (the "Discretionary Fund") to be used to implement or monitor programs to reduce motor vehicle air pollution. To determine which projects should be funded by the Discretionary Fund, AB 2766 called for the creation of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), which implements an annual Work Program to allocate funding on a competitive basis. Approximately $12 to $15 million annual funding is available for this program for a number of different funding programs, including categories for on- and off-road vehicles and equipment operating at ports.

California Air Resources Board Grants and Market-Based Incentives
Possible Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) administers and tracks a number of grant funding and other market-based incentive programs targeted at reducing air emissions.

Carl Moyer Program Multi District Project Solicitation
The Carl Moyer Program is an ARB administered grant program implemented in partnership with local air districts to fund the replacement of older “dirty” engines or to cover the incremental cost of purchasing cleaner-than-required engines and vehicles. Only emissions reductions that are surplus to regulatory requirements are eligible for Carl Moyer funding. CARB also conducts a Multi District Project Solicitiation for emission reductions that will occur in more than one air district.

Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) Program
ICAT is an ARB program that co-funds the demonstration of innovative technologies that can reduce air pollution. Its purpose is to advance such technologies toward commercial application, thereby reducing emissions and helping the economy of California.

West Coast Collaborative
Possible Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV, RL
The West Coast Collaborative (Collaborative) is a partnership of federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups committed to reducing diesel emissions along the West Coast.The Collaborative administers and tracks a number of grant funding programs targeted at reducing air emissions.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants and Funding Solicitations
Possible Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV
U.S. EPA provides grant funding opportunities on an ongoing basis for a variety of environmental improvement programs. Funding programs are available through EPA Region 9, which includes California, or through the U.S. EPA, applicable nationwide.

Federal NGV Tax Incentives
Eligible Source Categories: HDV
In an effort to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, reduce urban emissions and reduce greenhouse gases, the federal government offers vehicle buyers and owners a number of tax incentives for natural gas vehicles, including income tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and alternative fuel infrastructure, and excise tax credits to the seller of natural gas.

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