Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities with the Port of Los Angeles and several other organizations are available to support air quality improvements from Port operations. Grant funds are available from local, state and federal agencies for air emission reductions that go beyond current regulatory requirements. Source categories include Cargo-Handling Equipment (CHE), Harbor Craft (HC), Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDV), Ocean-Going Vessels (OGV) and Rail Locomotives (RL). Potential grant opportunities are summarized below.

San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)

Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV, RL

Technology Advancement Program (TAP)
The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach have developed the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) to support development and demonstration of new, clean air technologies in the port environment. The TAP is funded by both ports with the potential for additional funding from participating agencies. Information for submitting proposals can be found on the CAAP website. For additional information, contact the Port of Los Angeles at (310) 732-3675, or the Port of Long Beach at (562) 590-4160.

South Coast Air Quality Management District Grants

Eligible Sources Categories: varies by program, as noted below The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) administers a number of grant funding programs targeted at reducing air emissions:

SCAQMD Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP)
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV (possible) The AQIP is a semi-annual program that uses funding from companies that choose to "buy-out" of the Rule 2202 Rideshare Program. Funding is allocated to projects that cost-effectively reduce emissions to offset those that would otherwise be reduced by increased rideshare efforts.

Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) “Clean Transportation Funding” Program
Eligible Source Categories: HDV, CHE AB 2766 authorized a $4 per vehicle surcharge on annual vehicle registration fees. Of this fee, thirty cents of every dollar is deposited by the SCAQMD in a discretionary account (the "Discretionary Fund") to be used to implement or monitor programs to reduce motor vehicle air pollution. To determine which projects should be funded by the Discretionary Fund, AB 2766 called for the creation of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), which implements an annual work program to allocate funding on a competitive basis. Approximately $12 to $15 million annual funding is available for this program for a number of different funding programs, including categories for on- and off-road vehicles and equipment operating at ports. 

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Grants and Market-Based Incentives

Possible Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) administers and tracks a number of grant funding and other market-based incentive programs targeted at reducing air emissions:

Carl Moyer Program Multi District Project Solicitation
The Carl Moyer Program is CARB-administered grant program implemented in partnership with local air districts, including SCAQMD, to fund the replacement of older "dirty" engines or to cover the incremental cost of purchasing cleaner-than-required engines and vehicles. Only emissions reductions that are surplus to regulatory requirements are eligible for Carl Moyer funding.

Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP)
The EFMP was approved by AB118 legislation to supplement California’s existing vehicle retirement program, referred to as the Consumer Assistance Program. The Consumer Assistance Program is designed to improve air quality by allowing consumers to retire a qualified vehicle at any time for any reason. Approximately $30 million is available annually through 2015 to fund the EFMP via a $1 increase in vehicle registration fees. The program is jointly administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair for vehicle retirement and SCAQMD for vehicle replacement. 

Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program
Proposition 1B, the $1 billion Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, is a partnership between CARB and the Port that aims to reduce air pollution and associated health risk from freight movement along California’s trade corridors. The Port applies to CARB for funding, and then offers financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under the program must achieve emission reductions not otherwise required by law or regulation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Grants and Funding Solicitations

Possible Eligible Source Categories: HDV, HC, CHE, OGV

U.S. EPA provides grant funding opportunities on an ongoing basis for a variety of environmental improvement programs. Funding programs are available through EPA Region 9, which includes California, or through the U.S. EPA, applicable nationwide.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA)
Created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, DERA gives the U.S. EPA new grant and loan authority for promoting diesel emission reductions and authorizing appropriations.  Each year DERA solicits proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure. Total funding each year for this competitive opportunity is distributed across all EPA regions. .

West Coast Collaborative
The West Coast Collaborative (Collaborative) is a partnership of federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups committed to reducing diesel emissions along the West Coast. The Collaborative administers and tracks a number of grant funding programs in different sectors targeted at reducing air emissions.

Federal NGV Tax Incentives

Eligible Source Categories: HDV

In an effort to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, reduce urban emissions and reduce greenhouse gases, the federal government offers vehicle buyers and owners a number of tax incentives for natural gas vehicles, including income tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and alternative fuel infrastructure, and excise tax credits to the seller of natural gas.