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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 presently doesn’t have any air quality grant opportunities.

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 Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP)

The TNGVGP encourages entities that own and operate heavy- or medium-duty motor vehicles to repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine or replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle. Grant applicants are no longer required to go through participating dealers under contract with the TCEQ to apply.

Eligible applicants are those that own, lease, or commercially finance a heavy- or medium-duty vehicle that is operated in the Texas Clean Transportation Zone. CAPCOG eligible counties include Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson. Applicants can be individuals, corporations, organizations, governments or governmental subdivisions or agencies, school districts, business trusts, partnerships, associations, or any other legal entity.

Deadline: May 31, 2019

> Learn more about the grant program
> Learn how to apply for the grant