Clean Air Grants for Locomotives

The 2024 Clean Air Grants Program’s application window opens Monday, July 29, 2024, and closes Friday, September 6, 2024. Applications submitted prior to July 29, 2024, or after September 06, 2024, will not be accepted.

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2024 Clean Air Grants for Locomotives

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Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has funding opportunities for locomotive projects. Grant funds are calculated based on the amount of pollutant emissions the project will reduce.

  • Successful projects will be eligible to receive a grant within a range from $10,000 to $250,000; Grants larger than $250,000 are available on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the District Board of Directors.
  • Priority will be given to zero-emission technology projects, along with projects located within low-income and disadvantaged communities, as defined by this map:
  • All emission reductions from locomotive projects must be surplus to any applicable rule or regulation. Funded projects must not be required by any federal, State, or local rule or regulation. 
  • The District has discretion on how grant funds are distributed.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • To be eligible for funds, Locomotive Projects must meet criteria located in the most recent Carl Moyer Guidelines and be locomotive replacements. Other locomotive projects including repowers, conversions, and retrofits may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications are limited to one (1) locomotive grant project per Company, LLC, Tax ID, etc. and determinations are at the final discretion of the District. 

Project Requirements:

  • Existing locomotive must be a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3.
  • Existing locomotive must be operational and in-service at the time of application. The applicant must demonstrate operability to the District at the pre-inspection. 
  • Over the most recent 24 months, the existing locomotive must have operated 100% of the time within Santa Barbara County and the applicant shall submit records that corroborate that usage. Exceptions will be determined by the District on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Existing locomotive engine must be destroyed with a hole in the engine block of at least 18-inches in diameter and approved by District staff prior to disbursement of grant funds.
  • Replacement locomotive must operate 100% of the time within Santa Barbara County. Exceptions will be determined by the District on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Projects must meet a cost-effectiveness threshold established in the most recent Carl Moyer Program Guidelines
  • Emission reductions obtained through the project must be surplus and not be required by any federal, state, or local regulation, memorandum of agreement/understanding with a regulatory agency, settlement agreement, mitigation requirement, or other legal mandate. 
  • Emission reductions generated must not be used as marketable emission reduction credits, or to offset any emission reduction obligation of any person or entity.
  • Funded projects must not be used for credit under any federal or state emission averaging banking and trading program.
  • Replacement locomotive must be equipped with a Tier 4 Final diesel engine or cleaner technology.

How to Apply:

  1. Determine your vehicle’s eligibility for this program. To be eligible for funds, projects must meet the criteria in CARB’s most recent Carl Moyer Guidelines.
  2. Gather the required information about your existing locomotive and replacement locomotive.
  3. Apply for grant funds in person, by mail, or email. 

Please see application on the right for more information.

2024 Application – Click Here

Program opens Monday, July 29, 2024
Program closes Friday, September 6, 2024


Contact us via email: [email protected] 

This program is part of our 2024 Clean Air Grants Program funded by California Air Resources Board’s Carl Moyer Program, Community Air Protection Program, Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions Program (FARMER), and DMV surcharge revenue. For more information, see 2024 Clean Air Grants.