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AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Advanced Hybrid Technologies in School Buses
The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) is pleased to announce its grant solicitation for the $1,000,000 Advanced Technology Demonstration Project for the demonstration of advanced hybrid technologies in school buses.

This solicitation for the School Bus Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects is open to California-based public agencies such as air districts, state or local government entities or agencies with expertise implementing demonstration programs and the requisite knowledge of school bus operations. Applications are due to ARB by December 14, 2011 at 5:00 p.m (Pacific time).

Background: The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is a voluntary incentive program administered by ARB to fund clean vehicle and equipment projects through 2015. Each year the Board approves the AQIP Funding Plan, which serves as the blueprint for expending AQIP funds during the current fiscal year. The FY 2011-12 Funding Plan focuses the AQIP on supporting three deployment projects and demonstration projects in two categories needed to meet California's longer-term, post 2020 air quality goals.

CARB HVIP Funding for Electric Vehicles Azure Dynamics successfully passed the final hurdle yesterday for the Transit Connect Electric to enter the HVIP (Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program) for the State of California.
This program utilizes AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Funding to assist fleets to migrate from ICE vehicles to electric and hybrids. It will take effect 11/1/2011 for the FY 2010/2011 program and then migrate to the FY 2011/2012 sometime in February. I have outlined the specific dollar amounts with each FY approval levels. These funds are available to any fleet public (Federal, State, Local) or private that register the vehicles in California. The voucher will reduce the purchase price by the amounts listed below and is coordinated by the selling dealer. These incentives along with the $7500 Federal EV Tax Credit will bring the ROI down to as little as 2.5 years at current fuel prices. Please feel free to share this information as you see fit.

1. New HVIP Category: Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (5,001 and 8,500 GVWR)
a. Overview of manufacturers, uses, and configurations (no personal passenger vehicles)
b. Proposed FY 2010-11 HVIP Voucher Amounts (begin November 1, 2011) − $15,000 for a fleet's first voucher − $12,000 thereafter c. Proposed FY 2011-12 HVIP Voucher Amounts (below)

Proposed FY 2011-12 Voucher Amounts Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (5,001 – 8,500 GVWR):

The first three vehicles purchased by a fleet are eligible for an additional $2,000 voucher, for a total of $12,000.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) is currently seeking cleantech proposals under the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) for projects demonstrating new and innovative emission reduction technologies that have the potential for broad applicability in the San Joaquin Valley, and will assist the District in meeting its air quality goals. This funding, which is comprised of both U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 and District funds, is targeted at projects that will achieve significant air emission reductions by deploying early-stage, or otherwise not widely adopted near-zero emission technologies in the San Joaquin Valley.

Date Issued: Wednesday, July 05, 2011
Closed: Friday, August 19, 2011
Total Funding: $1,400,000

The TAP is the District's strategic approach of new emission reduction technologies. The TAP will consist of an ongoing review of new technology concepts, interagency partnerships, funding for technology advancement programs, and collaborations to build and expand local capacity for research and development in the San Joaquin Valley. In order to encourage technology development in critical areas that best serve the Valley's needs to reach attainment, the District has established this set of technology focus areas tailored for Valley businesses and sources of emissions: renewable energy, waste to energy, and mobile vehicle projects.

On July 21 at 9:30 a.m., the District will hold an in-person workshop for interested technology proponents. The workshop will be held at the District's Fresno office via video teleconference from the Modesto and Bakersfield offices, and EPA's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. For more information and to download the Request for Proposal (RFP) for TAP11-01, as well as the in-person workshop, please visit:

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District TAP
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, though their Technology Advancement Program (TAP), is soliciting project proposals for $1.4 million in grant funds from the U.S. EPA Region 9 Pacific Southwest and San Joaquin Valley Air District under the Clean Air Technology Initiative. These projects would fund new and innovative air emission reduction technologies that have the potential for broad applicability in the San Joaquin Valley, especially the southern Valley, and will assist the District in meeting its air quality goals. Visit theAir District’s TAP web site for specific information on the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) and how to apply.

U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that on Friday, July 1, it will open the application process for the $527 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, which funds innovative transportation projects. This is the third round of funding aimed at creating jobs that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. Once the announcement is made on July 1, DOT will place more information on its website. Additionally, USDOT will be hosting a half day seminar and webcast providing information and guidance on the TIGER application process July 18th from 1 to 4 PM.

California Air Resources Board CA Prop 1B Good Movement Emission Reduction Program
California Air Resources Board has announced the availability of $100 million in financial incentives for truck replacement and retrofits. These funds are being offered through the CA Prop 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. Six Air Districts are offering over $100 million in financial incentives to owners of trucks used in goods movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies through truck replacement with cleaner diesel or alternative fuel models, engine replacement, or retrofit installation.

Please see the Program website to get helpful tips for truck owners and links to the participating Air Districts to apply for funds. These are competitive grants for eligible California-based truck fleets of all sizes. The Districts will be accepting applications from March through April 2011. Truck owners can apply through one of the following Districts: Bay Area, Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, South Coast, San Diego, or Imperial. Owners should submit only one application for each truck. Once the application period closes, each District will evaluate and rank the applications it receives.

The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a partnership between the State Air Resources Board and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors.

If you have any questions, please call the Goods Movement Information Line at: (916) 44-GOODS (444-6637) or via email.


Past Funding Opportunities

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a request for applications for the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program. CIG funds projects that demonstrate innovative and on-the-ground conservation approaches and technologies. The program enables NRCS to accelerate technology transfer and the adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address critical natural resource concerns. NRCS anticipates $25 million will be available for Fiscal Year 2011. Pre-proposal applications must be submitted to NRCS by December 28, 2010. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full application package. CIG provides up to a 50 percent match for the total cost of the project. All proposed CIG projects must involve producers who are eligible for the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The full request for applications announcement is available here:

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals is now open through January 13, 2010. To view the RFP, click here. Additional resources, including a FAQ document and fleet description spreadsheet, are available on the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) website.  EPA hosted information sessions regarding this RFP. Frequently asked questions from these webinars are available on the NCDC website above. Additional questions can be directed via e-mail to by typing "National RFP Question" in the subject line of the e-mail. All questions and answers will be posted in an updated FAQ document available at the NCDC site. The Diesel Technology Forum also hosted a webinar on preparing a DERA application. To view the webinar and the presentations, visit the Diesel Technology Forum’s webinar page

National Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program
The Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program is an opportunity to advance new, cutting edge technologies that reduce diesel emissions from existing fleets. Under this competitive grant program, EPA provides funding assistance to eligible entities for the deployment of diesel emission reduction technologies which have not yet been verified or certified by EPA or the California Air Resources Board (CARB). To qualify as an emerging technology, the manufacturer of the technology must be in the initial stages of the verification process with EPA or CARB and listed on EPA‘s Emerging Technology List. The current RFP closes on January 27, 2011.

National Clean Diesel SmartWay Finance Program
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign has announced a grant competition to solicit applications for approximately $6 million in funding for the DERA SmartWay Finance Program. The RFP will be open until February 10, 2011. The Clean Diesel SmartWay Finance Program contains funding to create finance programs, such as low cost leases or revolving loan programs, to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions throughout the United States. An information session will be held on December 16, at 3pm EST. Additional information and the RFP is available at the link above.

Clean Air Technology Advancement Funding in the San Joaquin Valley

Now Available: Applications Due July 9, 2010

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) is seeking proposals for 3-6 projects demonstrating new and innovative emission reduction technologies that have the potential for broad applicability in the San Joaquin Valley, and will assist the District in meeting its air quality goals. Total funding is $900,000.

For more information and to download the application to apply click here.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program
USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010. The Rural Energy for America Program provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and mag may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, add insulation, and improve heating and cooling systems . In fiscal year 2009, this program helped fund 1,485 REAP projects in 50 states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific energy efficiency improvements.

Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean or hydrogen systems. Fundin

In addition to the REAP program, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is also planning to accept applications for three other renewable energy programs: the Biorefinery Assistance Program, Repowering Assistance Program and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Details on how to apply will be released in the Federal Register.

USDA's Biorefinery Assistance Program provides guaranteed loans to develop and construct commercial-scale biorefineries or to retrofit existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels. The amount of a loan guaranteed for a project under this program cannot exceed 80 percent of total eligible project costs. The Repowering Assistance Program is designed to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of eligible biorefineries (those biorefineries in existence on June 18, 2008 -- the date the 2008 Farm Bill was enacted). The Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels works to support and ensure expanding production of advanced biofuels by providing payments to eligible advanced biofuels producers. Advanced biofuels are derived from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. These include cellulose, sugar and starch, crop residue, vegetative waste material, animal waste, food and yard waste, vegetable oil, animal fat, and biogas (including landfill gas and sewage waste treatment gas). This program is an important part of achieving the Obama administration's goal to increase biofuels production and use.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

For questions, contact: Weldon Freeman (202) 690-1394.

EPA Office of Air and Radiation Targeted Airshed Funding
Key information about this funding opportunity

Advanced Technology Demonstration Project

Public agencies such as air districts, ports, federal, state, or local government entities or agencies with expertise implementing demonstration programs and the requisite knowledge of locomotive operations may apply via this solicitation to become the demonstration project grantee. Applications are due to ARB by May 28, 2010. The grant solicitation and all associated documents may be found on ARB’s webpage at

Additional information regarding the Advanced Locomotive Aftertreatment Technologies demonstration project may be found in the Advanced Locomotive Aftertreatment Technologies grant solicitation or by contacting Mr. Earl Landberg at or (916) 323-1384.

The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request For Proposal (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2009 and 2010
EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $64 million. EPA regional offices will award the assistance agreements for projects resulting from the announcement. The competitive Request for Proposals is now available. The applications are due December 8, 2009.

EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law on February 17, 2009, includes $300 million in grant funding opportunities to support clean diesel activities. The competitive announcement Request for Proposals and Applications for the ARRA Funding for National Diesel Emissions Reduction Program is now available. The applications are due April 28, 2009.

Recovery Act of 2009 Guide to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Local and Tribal Governments
This document provides information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as links to EPA resources and other organizations. In addition, this document focuses on key funding opportunities for local and tribal government efforts in clean energy and describes tax incentives and bond programs relevant to clean energy efforts. The paper highlights potential opportunities to maximize clean energy investments; but local and tribal governments should refer to guidelines published by the federal agency administering each funding stream for more detail about allowable activities.

Non-EPA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funding

Carl Moyer Multi-District Solicitation
This year the Multidistrict funds are being used towards the new Voucher Incentive Program (VIP). The VIP takes the current criteria of the Carl Moyer Program Fleet Modernization program and streamlines the requirements for both small fleet owners and air districts.

Different from previous years; the only eligible applicants are Air Quality Management Districts and Air Pollution Control Districts who are willing and able to administer the VIP since the only project eligible is the administration of the VIP.

However, small fleet truck owners can receive funds from the VIP to replace their old trucks. This is possible through applications that will be available at participating air districts and dealerships starting in May 2009. Beginning mid April 2009 a list of all the participating air districts and dealerships will be available at

The Air Resources Board staff will be holding several informational sessions on the VIP and the new AB 118 Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) Program, and regulations affecting on-road heavy-duty vehicles in California. The informational sessions notice is located at

For more information on the VIP or the upcoming informational sessions, please go to or contact Sam Gregor at (916) 323-0005 or For more information on multidistrict solicitation, contact Lynsay Carmichael at (916) 322-0407 or

Variety of Funding Available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

U.S. DOE Clean Cities/Biomass Program Solicitation for Education and Outreach Project
The Clean Cities/Biomass Program FY09 Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector, Funding Opportunity Number: DE-PS26-09NT01236 solicitation is out on Grants.Gov. The solicitation includes a request for education and outreach projects related to biofuels. Proposals are due on February 27, 2009.

To access the solicitation:

1. Go to

2A. You can search by Funding Opportunity Numbers:
a. DE-PS26-09NT01236-01 (Infrastructure)
b. DE-PS26-09NT01236-02 (Incremental Cost of Vehicles)
c. DE-PS26-09NT01236-03 (Education & Outreach Workshops)

2B. Or you can click on "Browse by Category" and then click on "Energy" and scroll ahead to the closing date of 2/27/09, and you will find the 3 above funding categories.

3. Once you click onto one of the three "Opportunity Titles" (i.e. the above numbers), you can scroll down to "Link to Full Announcement" and "Click here to view the Opportunity" to see the entire solicitation.

The ability to apply and the required application files will not be available until the first week of January. If you have general questions on accessing the solicitation, please contact If you have solicitation-specific questions, they must be submitted via IIPS.

Non-EPA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funding