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Incentive Programs

The Sac Metro Air District offers various incentive programs for residents, businesses, and public agencies to improve air quality in the Sacramento region to reduce the cost of less polluting equipment and vehicles. See details below about our programs to see how you can participate.

Sac Metro Air District does not have incentive funds for trucks and equipment not in compliance with the California Air Resources Board. If you have a diesel truck subject to the January 1, 2022 deadline for replacement or repower, please contact:

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2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation

The Sac Metro Air District has over $18 million in mobile source incentive funding to improve air quality in Sacramento. Most of this funding is available in Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties in partnership with the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. The application period opens on March 29, 2021 and closes on May 28, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals. The primary purpose of this funding is to promote zero emission equipment used instead of diesel in communities impacted by air pollution, however applications are accepted for other categories. All funding will be released with one common application.

Funding will be available to replace existing heavy duty vehicles with zero emission trucks and buses, install low carbon fueling infrastructure, replace older farm tractors, upgrade locomotives, and other eligible projects. Applications are open to private companies, government agencies, and others to promote clean transportation and goods movement in Sacramento. Any applications not funded may be used to advocate for more funding in the future, so please apply for any projects.

Four programs – Community Air Protection Incentives, Carl Moyer Program, Proposition 1B, and Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) – represent most of this funding. While each funding source has its own guidelines, the programs generally use the Carl Moyer Program or GMERP guidelines for project eligibility. Air districts can choose to fund specific project categories, and the Sac Metro Air District will exercise this option. These options will be explained in each program section.

The Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation (SECAT) Program is a local grant program developed in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) with more flexibility to promote community zero emission vehicle projects. This program is like the state Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), but only open for trucks based in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Projects will be evaluated by staff including potential inspections of existing equipment following safety protocols. Applicants selected for funding will enter into grant agreements and proceed with funding. 

2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation Manual (PDF)

Workshop Information:

Staff had a virtual workshop on the solicitation on April 15, 2021. Archived information is below:

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Presentation Recording (YouTube)

Workshop Questions & Answers (PDF)

Proposed Funding Awards

Funding Overview

Generally, applicants do not need to choose a specific funding source when applying for their project. Some project types cannot be funded with certain funding sources, and some funding sources may offer a higher funding amount than others. Staff will work with applicants to identify the best funding sources for their application to best leverage available funding and meet community needs while providing maximum funding for the project. To assist applicants, the following table shows the maximum funding by project type and funding source. Please note that actual awards may be lower than the maximum funding.

Project Type Community Air Protection Incentives Carl Moyer Program SECAT Proposition 1B FARMER
Farm Tractor Replacement (Sac Co Only) Up to 80% of tractor cost
Heavy Duty Truck Replacement $100,000 per vehicle Up to $200,000 per truck
Locomotive Engine Repowers Up to 75% of switcher repower cost Up to 75% of switcher repower cost Up to 75% of repower cost
Low Carbon Fueling Infrastructure Up to 60% for most projects Up to 60% for most projects
Marine Vessel Engine Repowers Up to 85% for marine repowers
New Zero Emission Heavy Duty Vehicle* $100,000 per vehicle
Refuse Truck Replacement Up to $200,000 for zero emission refuse truck Up to $200,000 for zero emission refuse truck $100,000 per vehicle
Rough Terrain Forklift Replacement Up to 80% of forklift cost
Zero Emission School Bus Replacement Up to $400,000 for zero emission school bus Up to $400,000 for zero emission school bus $100,000 per vehicle
Zero Emission Transport Refrigeration Units Up to 80% of TRU cost
Zero Emission Utility Vehicle Replacement Up to 75% of eUTV cost up to $13,500

* Note: this includes all vehicles with a class 4 weight rating and above including buses, micro shuttles, refuse trucks, and other similar vehicles.

 

For this solicitation, HVIP funding can only be used with SECAT. CORE funding can be combined with all funding sources. Other sources of funding may not be eligible as match. Please contact staff if you plan to use or apply for other grants as part of your application.


Other Funding Opportunities in our area:

o   Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure  – Opening Q1 2021

o   Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects  – Tentatively Opening Q1 2021


If you are currently participating in one of our programs and need to make a change, go to our

 Residential Incentive Programs

Community CarShare Program

The Community CarShare Program is a pilot car-sharing program to benefit disadvantaged communities in the greater Sacramento area.

Status: Closed

Community CarShare Program

Clean Cars 4 All helps low-income Sacramento County residents get a new mobility option when they turn in an old vehicle for scrap. Residents can either get a grant up to $9,500 towards the purchase of a new or nearly new plug-in electric, fully battery-electric, or hydrogen vehicle; or choose the Alternative Transportation Option with up to $7,500 to access public, private, and shared mobility options.

Status:

Closed

Wood Stove

Wood Stove / Fireplace Change Out

The Wood Stove Change-Out Program provides funding for the replacement of older, polluting fireplaces and wood stoves with certified cleaner burning units. Environmental justice zones receive slightly more funding than non-environmental justice zones.

Low Income
Status: Closed
Non-Low Income
Status: Closed
​Retailers
Status: Closed

 Low Emission Vehicle & Infrastructure Incentives

Agricultural & Construction Equipment Replacement

Off-Road Equipment Replacement

The Off-Road Equipment Replacement Program provides grant funds to replace Tier 3 and older or gasoline high-polluting off-road equipment with Tier 4 Final or zero-emission level equipment. Applies to existing diesel self-propelled equipment 25 HP or greater operating in Sacramento and other counties.

Project examples: Electric UTV, Farm equipment (Sac County Only), construction equipment, industrial equipment (tractors, loaders, excavators, forklifts, etc...)

Eligible Programs:

Status: Closed

On-Road Equipment Replacement

Incentives for cleaner replacement vehicles or expansion of zero-emission on-road equipment in fleets.

Project examples: Heavy-duty trucks, drayage, shuttles, transit vehicles

Eligible Programs: 

Status:              Closed

Incentives to help fund the new installation of charging and fueling infrastructure. 

Project examples: Electric charging equipment, Hydrogen, and Natural Gas fueling equipment

Eligible Programs:

Status:  Closed

School Bus Grant Funding & Information

The Lower-Emission School Bus Program (LESBP) goal is to reduce school children's exposure to cancer-causing and smog-forming pollution from public school buses throughout California.   

Eligible Programs: 

Status: Closed

Reimbursement of up to $40,000 to improve transit stops with ADA accessibility infrastructure, seating, shelter, shade trees, and/or solar-powered lighting. Public transit agencies or organizations that have or maintain transit stops or stations located in the South Sacramento-Florin AB 617 Designated Community are eligible to apply.

Eligible Programs: 


Status: Closed

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