FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2022
Lyz Bantilan, APCD Public Information Officer
Kathryn Coke, CAPCOA
(916) 441-5700 or [email protected]
Funding Available for Regional Clean Air Center
Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Pilot Program Accepting Applications through June 30
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is pleased to share that the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) has $925,000 in total funding for 12 identified regions throughout California to participate in the Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Pilot Program. Santa Barbara County and Ventura County together make up one of the 12 regions.
The passage of Assembly Bill 836 in 2019 allocated funding to create a network of “clean air centers” throughout the state to be open to the public during wildfire smoke incidents. The funds are to be used for conducting HVAC retrofits in buildings, replacing high-efficiency air filters, or purchasing portable air purifiers. Information about the program, along with application forms and instructions, is available on the CAPCOA website. Per the program guidelines, facilities that receive funding need to be publicly available as clean air centers during wildfire smoke events. The application deadline for these funds is June 30, and successful applicants will have 24 months to complete their projects. Three types of projects qualify:
- HVAC upgrades,
- high efficiency (>MERV 13 or equivalent) air filter purchases, or
- portable air cleaner purchases*
Prospective applicants whose facilities meet any of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Located in/near or intended to serve low-income community, disadvantaged community, or tribe
- Located in schools that meet the criteria outlined in Chapter 2-B,b),2 of the program guidelines (Page 10)
- Located close to and provide easy access for vulnerable populations
- Facilities that have a reasonable capacity to meet the possible clean air center needs of vulnerable populations
- Facilities that are ready for ventilation and filtration installation, upgrades, or retrofits
APCD is available to help interested entities with their applications, including providing historical Air Quality Index (AQI) information, as required to show the wildfire smoke burden of our region.
Smoke and ash from wildfires contain very small particles known as particulate matter. These particles affect our respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and people with heart or lung disease, seniors, kids, and pregnant women are especially sensitive to smoke. More information about wildfire smoke and health, and creating “clean air rooms” at home, is available on APCD’s website.
*Per CAPCOA, 10 vendors have agreed to provide bulk pricing for 16 different portable air cleaner units through the Pilot Program. Interested parties applying for a Type 3 (Portable Air Cleaner Purchase) project may streamline their purchasing process by choosing to purchase units from the list of portable air cleaners available through the program, which may be found at http://www.capcoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Bulk-Purchasing-Info-for-Website.pdf