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Air Quality Grants

CAPCOG Funding Opportunities Other Funding Opportunities

CAPCOG Air Quality Funding Opportunities

Using funds from its near-nonattainment area air quality planning grant, CAPCOG is able to support local, eligible projects within the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) that help reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions which contribute to ground level ozone pollution in the region. The funding was authorized under Rider 7 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ’s) appropriations for the 2016-2017 biennium. The Austin-Round Rock MSA counties include Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

Current Opportunities

CAPCOG will announce its latest grants later this year.

Previous Opportunities

CAPCOG Regional Air Quality Grant

CAPCOG allocated $210,500 for 2016 and 2017 projects under the Regional Air Quality Grant to support the goals of the regional Ozone Advance Program (OAP) Action Plan. Eligible recipients included members of the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition with the exception of state and federal agencies. Eligible activities included projects that:

  • Reduced the O3-forming emissions of NOx or volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Shifted ozone-forming emissions to periods less likely to contribute to high O3
  • Assisted in the tracking and reporting of activities that generate NOx or VOC or activities that reduce NOx or VOC emissions
  • Assisted in providing alerts or information to populations sensitive to O3 pollution

> Read the original announcement and review the previous grant process.

The Local Emissions Reduction Grant

CAPCOG allocated about $240,000 from its 2016-17 near-nonattainment area air quality planning grant for the CAPCOG Local Emission Reduction Grant Program. Organizations, such as local governments, regional government agencies, businesses, trade associations, institutions, and other nonprofit organizations, were able to apply for a grant with eligible activities targeted for commuter emission reduction projects and capital investment technology projects that reduced emissions.
Organizations participating in the region’s OAP Action Plan had the opportunity to receive more funding per ton of emissions reduced.

> Read the original announcement and review the previous grant process.

Other Funding Opportunities

There are a number of grant programs available for individuals, companies and local governments to repair or replace their old vehicles with newer, cleaner vehicles. Read about each opportunity below.

AirCheck Texas

AirCheck Texas: Drive a Clean Machine provides up to $3,500 in funding for individuals living in Travis and Williamson counties to replace older vehicles with newer vehicles. Older vehicles must be at least 10 years old or have failed an emissions inspection.

Assistance is only available to individuals below certain income levels.

> Learn more about Travis and Williamson counties’ AirCheck Texas: Drive a Clean Machine.

TERP Programs

The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) is a set of grant programs designed to reduce emissions by providing financial incentives to individuals, companies and local governments to retrofit, repower or replace older, dirtier engines.

Generally vehicles that travel mostly through Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties are eligible to receive funding under these programs, but some programs have a wider scope. The programs listed below are accepting applications.

> Review all TERP programs.

Texas Clean School Buses (TCSB)

The TCSB program grants money to school systems to replace pre-2007 diesel-fueled school buses with new ones or to cover costs of eligible retrofit projects. Texas school districts, charter schools and transportation systems provided by countywide school districts can help Texas reduce air emissions from diesel-powered school buses by applying for the TCSB program. School buses proposed for replacement or retrofit must be used on a regular daily route during the standard school year and have at least five years of useful life remaining.

Maximum grant amounts for school bus replacement projects are included in the TCSB Request for Grant Applications. TCSB grants may reimburse up to 100 percent of the cost to purchase and install a retrofit device and associated equipment.

Deadline: TCEQ will accept applications 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2019, or until all available funds have been awarded.

> Read more about or apply for the grant program.

Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) - Recently closed

The AFFP makes up to $6 million available to individuals, businesses, and governments for the creation or expansion of  facilities that will serve as the foundation of a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel in Texas. The AFFP offsets a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, methanol, propane, and electricity. Eligible individuals, businesses, and governments must be within the state’s Clean Transportation Zone, which includes seven counties in the CAPCOG region — Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson.

Deadline: The TCEQ accepted applications Jan. 16, 2018.

> Check updates about the grant program.

EPA Programs

2017 School Bus Rebate Program - Recently closed

The 2017 School Bus Rebate Program could provide up to $20,000 per vehicle to replace older school buses and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Eligible entities include regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities, or private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above. More than $7 million is available through this program and up to $1 million for retrofits.

Deadline: The EPA accepted applications until Nov. 14, 2017.

> Check updates about the grant program.