Air Quality

Funding Opportunities

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. The program is managed the the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). 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:February 26, 2021.

Learn more about the grant program.

Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)

The LDPLIP provides rebate incentives statewide to persons who purchase or lease an eligible new light-duty motor vehicle powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or hydrogen fuel cell or other electric drive (plug-in or plug-in hybrid).
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2021
Only vehicles purchased on or after September 1, 2019 are eligible.
Learn more about the grant program.

Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program

Governor Greg Abbott selected the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as the lead agency responsible for the administration of funds received from the Volkswagen State Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust). A minimum of $209 million dollars will be made available for projects that reduce nitrogen oxides (NOX) in the environment.

Read more about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program.

Refuse Vehicles

This grant is for entities that operate vehicles configured to collect and transport municipal solid waste, refuse vehicles, in areas designated as priority areas, which include Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The grant provides funding to replace or repower refuse vehicles with a diesel engine from a model year 1992-2009.
Deadline: No Deadline is listed. There is more than $41 million available.
Learn more and apply for the grant. 

CAPCOG Air Quality Funding Opportunities

The last funding opportunity CAPCOG managed was during the 2016-17 biennium. While there aren’t any current opportunities, CAPCOG does seek out ways to support local air quality projects within the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and through out the region to help reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions which contribute to ground level ozone pollution in the region.

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.