Community Air Protection Incentives
What does it fund?
These incentives support the broader implementation of the Community Air Protection Program established in 2017 through Assembly Bill 617 (Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017). Eligible projects include mobile sources through the Carl Moyer and Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Programs as well as new opportunities for incentives to clean up stationary sources of pollution and sources identified in Community Emissions Reduction Programs created by air districts pursuant to the Community Air Protection Program. Grants may pay for reductions in criteria air pollutants or toxic air contaminants, as well as for reducing exposure to either.
Who is eligible for funds?
Local air districts receive funds and distribute them to individual projects according to the needs of their communities that continue to suffer disproportionately from the effects of harmful air pollutants. Potential applicants can include, but aren’t limited to businesses, individuals, community organizations, and government agencies, depending on the project type.
Are there recent policy changes?
In October of 2020, CARB approved and published a new chapter of the 2019 Community Air Protection Incentives Guidelines containing a framework to allow air districts, with guidance from their communities, to create stationary source incentives as well as new incentives consistent with the Community Emissions Reduction Programs developed for communities selected to participate in the Community Air Protection Program. Information on these new funding options that have been approved by CARB may be found on CARB’s webpage for Community Air Protection incentives.
How does this program provide benefits to priority populations?
CARB must ensure that no less than 70 percent of these funds are spent within and directly benefiting disadvantaged communities, and no less than 80 percent of these funds are spent within and benefiting some combination of disadvantaged and low-income communities. Furthermore, these incentives provide both emission and exposure reductions for harmful air pollutants in these priority populations.
How do I access funds?
Air districts administer and select projects for their region according to local needs. To access funds, apply through your local air district. Projects are selected in consultation with community groups.
Cumulative Outcomes as of November 2021
$964 million allocated
$422.2 million encumbered
$339.2 million benefitting priority populations*
2,300 projects implemented
187,200 MTCO2e GHG reductions*
15,600 tons of NOₓ reductions*
1,200 tons of ROG/HC reductions*
1,300 tons of PM reductions*
*Values based on the portion of the projects funded through California Climate Investments.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
Last updated: July 2022