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2019 Charge! Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2019 Charge! Program is open and accepting applications until June 30, 2019. Early application submissions are highly encouraged as the previous year's cycle was oversubscribed.

The Charge! Program offers grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new charging stations at facilities within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's jurisdiction. Charge! strives to rapidly expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to accelerate adoption of EVs in the Bay Area.

Climate Tech Finance Program - Bay Area

Learn how to apply for subsidized financing for 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.

Food Production Investment Program

Food production costs generally tend to be higher in California than elsewhere and California’s food processing industry faces stiff out-of-state and international competition. Providing support for updating and improving food production facilities with energy efficient and/or renewable energy technologies will reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This could help ensure California’s food processing industries remain competitive and operational, and the jobs associated with food production remain in California.

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.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Review the 2019 Request for Concept Proposals for detailed application instructions.

Farm to School Grant Program

USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. The Program includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training. These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages. (DUE Dec. 4, 2018)

California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, and one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules. For fiscal year 2018-19, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods:

West Oakland Zero Emission Grant Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will award up to $800,000 in funding to help owners and operators pay for a portion of the cost to purchase and deploy new on- and off-road zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure, and mobile and stationary equipment that will be operated and installed in and around West Oakland and CARE areas of Richmond and Western Alameda County. DUE 07-31-2018

CalSEED Grants

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) is a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage clean energy concepts to market. CalSEED is a funding initiative of the California Energy Commission.

CalSEED accepts applications during announced application cycles. There will be several award cycles over the next four years.

More information at: http://calseed.fund/

SoCalGas Restaurant Refresh – Non-Residential Rebate and Incentive Program

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) offers non-residential equipment rebates to encourage energy efficiency. Restaurant Refresh makes it easy for restaurants to reduce operating costs and improve facility performance. The program combines enhanced rebates and performance incentives. Enhanced rebates are available for ovens, fryers, dishwashers, boilers, and more. A list of qualified equipment and rebate amounts can be found on the program website. Performance incentives are paid one year after installation.