Air Quality and Climate

James Cary Smith Community Grants

The Air District is offering $250,000 to non-profit partners and community-based organizations to support and sponsor community-based solutions that address air pollution while also helping reduce our global climate impact. Grants of up to $25,000 per project will be awarded. Grant funding is available to support air quality education and engagement efforts. These grants will fund non-technical activities such as active transportation educational campaigns, urban greening projects, and environmental justice community engagement projects.

U.S. EPA 2018 Targeted Airshed Grant Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 7, 2019 This program will assist local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies to develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Airshed Grant Program is to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.

Climate Tech Finance program

The Air District’s Climate Tech Finance program offers subsidized financing for public and private facilities to adopt emerging technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Public-sector facilities can apply for loans ranging from $500,000 to $30 million, over up to 30-year terms.

Small businesses can apply for loan guarantees on loans of up to $20 million, with a maximum guarantee of $2.5 million. Projects may be eligible for up to 90 percent guarantees through this program.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters.

NOAA Climate Program Office Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our Nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges and opportunities.

SGC: Climate Change Research Program

The Strategic Growth Council was allocated $18 million in California Climate Investments Program funds in the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget to administer a second round of grant awards to support the California Climate Change Technology and Solutions Initiative.

The purpose of this initiative is to invest in clean technology development and deployment to help bridge the gap to new technologies, modeling, and analysis, leading to greater greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and resilience statewide.

Lassen Wood Stove Replacement Program

The Lassen County Air Pollution Control District’s Wood Stove Replacement Program assists
in replacing operable and older non-certified wood stoves with cleaner, more fuel-efficient wood heating
devices or other less polluting heating appliances. Replacements that may qualify for funding include:
(1) Replacement of non-EPA certified and pre-1990 wood heating appliances with EPA certified
appliances, and (2) Replacement of non-EPA certified and pre-1990 wood heating appliances with
propane or natural gas appliance.

Wood Stove Change-Out Program For San Lorenzo Valley

Starting September 6, 2017, homeowners in the San Lorenzo Valley can save between $1,000 to $2,500 by replacing their old wood stove or fireplace with a natural gas, propane or pellet fueled stove or fireplace insert. The program helps homeowners save money while improving the air quality in their homes and neighborhoods by changing out old wood burning devices with a cleaner alternative.