Grants & Incentive Refunds


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AQMD is accepting applications for the Drive Clean! program which will provide a $1000 incentive for the purchase of an Air Resources Board (ARB) White or Green sticker eligible vehicle.  These are vehicles allowed to travel in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes at any time (i.e. without restriction).  

Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • Pre-Approval is Required. Previous vehicle purchases are not eligible.
  • Reside in El Dorado County. 
  • Purchase/Lease a NEW vehicle on ARB’s White or Green sticker eligible list
  • Agree to own/lease vehicle for three (3) years within El Dorado County 

Other requirements may apply and supporting evidence is required. Please see the Program Materials below for complete details. 

Drive Clean! Miles Logged (as of January 2018)

  • Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Miles:                  1,419,003
  • Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) Miles*:  1,194,268
  • Total Drive Clean! Miles Logged:                     2,613,271

Total Emissions Reduced based on miles logged

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC):                  2.5 tons
  • Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx):                                  1.8 tons
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO):                                     23.6 tons
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2, a GHG):                           978 tons

*Only 50% of PZEV miles assumed to be emissions free

Source: US EPA, "Average Annual Emissions Fuel Consumption for gasoline-Fueled Passenger Cars and Light Trucks", Oct 2008    

Chimney Smoke Reduction Incentive Program (RIP)


On July 17, 2007, the Board of Directors approved $55,000 to fund the woodstove/fireplace replacement incentive program (Chimney Smoke RIP), to encourage homeowners to permanently remove or replace older wood stoves or fireplaces with cleaner burning devices to improve winter air quality through reduction of particulate matter (PM) emissions caused by inefficient residential wood combustion.

On March 13, 2013, the Board increased the incentive amount to:

  • $500.00 for removal of old wood burning device and replacement with a new EPA Phase II certified wood stove, fireplace insert, or pellet stove.
  • $600.00 for removal of old wood burning device and use of existing or installation of a new electric, natural gas or propane furnace or appliance.

Approximately 96 wood burning devices were replaced countywide in just a few months fully expending the Chimney Smoke RIP funds.

On April 29, 2014, the Board approved a new allocation of $148,234 to continue the program. 

Tahoe Applicants: The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has provided $45,705 mitigation funds for an additional$300 to the amounts identified above for replacements within their jurisdiction (i.e., from Echo Summit eastward).

Finally, AQMD will pay for the cost of the associated basic Building Permit (if required).

To Qualify:

  • You must FIRST obtain Pre-Approval from AQMD for project eligibility (site visit required).  Pre-Approval is Required Prior to Removing Old Unit.
  • The home must be your owner-occupied primary residence in El Dorado County.
  • Woodstove to be removed must not be an EPA certified unit (uncertified).

Reimbursement checks will be issued directly to the approved applicants, until funding is depleted.


Total Number of Change-outs (as of February 2018):

  • West Slope:           531
  • Tahoe:                    171
  • Total:                      702

Total Annual Emissions Reduced by RIP*:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC):                 32 tons
  • Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx):                                   1 ton
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO):                                    107 tons
  • Greenhouse Gases (CO2, CH4, N2O):           4,434 tons
  • Particulate Matter (PM10 + PM2.5):                 31 tons
    *Replacement device emissions were included to calculate the net emissions reductions shown here. 

Additional Incentives:

Checkmark Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Request for Proposals
Competitive grant funding available to help local businesses install Electric Vehicle charging stations. Electric Vehicle Sign

AQMD is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation to support electric vehicle (EV) use in El Dorado County. Approximately $130,000 is available for "charging station" projects in this round at up to $5,000 per charger (i.e., per individual EV connection). Matching funds must be provided in the form of grantee-provided electricity, designation of parking spaces, and availability to the public. Eligible applicants in El Dorado County only include: retail business operators, owners, and retail commercial property owners, cities, special districts, other political subdivisions and jurisdictions joined together by joint power authorities (JPA)s or memorandum of understanding (MOU)s, and non-profit organizations. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4 PM. Click on the RFP link below for grant guidelines and requirements. Please contact AQMD at (530) 621-7501 for more information.


(Deadline April 13, 2018 at 5PM)

Financial Assistance For Replacement of Qualifying Public Diesel School Buses
Funding of up to $400,000 to replace engine year 1993 and older diesel public school buses using AB 923 funds.  Carl Moyer eligible buses are not required to meet the 1993 engine year requirement.



No Car Pollution Graphic The El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants 2018-2019.  This competitive funding is available for projects that provide significant motor vehicle emission reductions at the lowest cost per ton of emissions reduced. Approximately $600,000 is available for projects. Matching funds must be at least 20% of requested and awarded funding or at least 16.66% of total project budget identified in application. The grant is competitive, based primarily on cost-effectiveness ($/ton emissions reduced) and Board preference.  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 16, 2018 at 5 PM.  

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Financial Assistance for diesel vehicles needing to comply with Air Resources Board (ARB) Truck and Bus Regulations
The Ombudsman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is reaching out to small business development centers, economic development agencies, utility business representatives and others that may regularly interface with small business owners or those who hire or serve them.  This is the first in a new effort to provide you with information on resources that may be useful to your customers.  Attached to this email is a table identifying potential funding sources for owners of diesel vehicles operating at least 51% of the time in California who already should have complied or will need to comply with ARB’s truck regulations.  Supportive background information on the regulation is also attached.

How to Use the “ARB Funding Programs:  Vehicles and Equipment” Table

  • Applicability:  The resources listed in this table apply primarily to owners of light and heavy-duty diesel trucks /buses (gross vehicle weight 14,000 pounds or more) operating in California at least 51% of the time. 
  • Pending:  This indicates that changes are being made to eligibility or other criteria to reflect recent direction from ARB’s Board.  Check the website (see below) for updates.
  • Reading the table:  Website links to additional information appear in either the “Where to Apply” or “Comments” column. 
  • Caveat:  While the programs identified are commonly available, funding availability varies based on a number of factors, including demand and whether the application is in advance of a compliance date.  For that reason, your customer will need to contact the entity listed and confirm funding availability and the eligibility of their vehicle.

Related resources for your customers:    For assistance, you may also refer your customers directly to ARB’s 866-6DIESEL  (866-634-3735) hotline  or Truck Stop website

Additional Links:

ARB Funding Programs: Vehicles and Equipment

On Road Diesel Truck and Bus Regulation - Summary and status

Truck and Bus Regulation - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ARB’s Office of the Ombudsman provides regulatory compliance assistance to small businesses across California.  Please go to their website or contact them directly for additional information to support you or your customers.

Financial Assistance For Mandated Upgrades To Gas Dispensing Facilities
New funding (AB 96) is available for EVR Phase II upgrades through the State Water Resources Control Board RUST Program. There have been some changes to the requirements for both the new funding and the regular yearly allocation. If a station does not qualify for the AB 96 funding, it may still qualify for the regular yearly funding.

Heavy-Duty Low Emission Vehicle Incentive Programs

El Dorado County residents and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that reduce of air pollution from heavy-duty diesel vehicles that meet the Carl Moyer guidelines to EDC AQMD.

El Dorado County residents and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that reduce of air pollution from heavy-duty diesel vehicles that meet the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation (SECAT) guidelines to Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD).  SMAQMD manages SECAT grants for several air districts, including El Dorado County AQMD, which are located within Sacramento Federal Ozone Non-Attainment Area (SFNA).


Thank you for working with us to improve air quality