FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018

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Contact:
Lyz Hoffman, Public Information Officer, (805) 961-8819

Apply for Clean Air Grant Funding
On-Road, Off-Road, Marine, and Agricultural Projects Qualify

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced today that the application period for 2018 clean air grant funding is now open, and the District will award projects on a first-come, first-served basis. People, businesses, and nonprofits looking to replace old diesel-powered equipment with newer, cleaner models are encouraged to apply. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • On-road vehicle replacements:
    • Trucks and buses with gross vehicle weight of more than 14,000 lbs
    • Solid waste collection vehicles
    • Transit fleet vehicles, including urban buses
    • Public agency and utility vehicles
    • Emergency vehicles
  • Off-road equipment:
    • Tractors
    • Forklifts
    • Loaders and dozers
    • Excavators
    • Agricultural utility vehicles
  • Marine (regulated and non-regulated commercial vessels)
  • Agricultural engines

Approximately $2 million from various statewide programs is available for this year’s grants, which will be evaluated for public health and cost-effectiveness benefits. Each award will not exceed $150,000, or 80 percent of the project cost, whichever is lower.

With the help of similar funding in the last 30 years, the District has awarded nearly $34 million to various engine replacement projects, reducing many tons of smog-forming pollution and particulate matter, both of which harm human health. Projects have occurred throughout Santa Barbara County.

“Newer engines perform better and are more fuel-efficient, saving money and improving air quality,” said District Director, Aeron Arlin Genet. “These grants provide a great opportunity to upgrade to cleaner engines at a fraction of the cost.”

For more information, visit 2018 Clean Air Grants