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CARB Air Grants Program

August 21, 2019

The Air Grants Program is a part of CARB’s overall efforts to implement Assembly Bill 617.  Signed into law in 2017, AB 617 established a community-based framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to toxic air pollutants in California communities most impacted by air pollution. As an initial step toward building the capacity of California communities to participate in the implementation of AB 617, CARB developed the Air Grants Program. CARB is releasing these guidelines under the fiscal year 2018-2019 State budget for $5 million.


PURPOSE The purpose of the Air Grants Program is to provide community-based organizations in California with logistical and technical assistance to support their efforts in improving local air quality, in line with the goals of AB 617.


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS • A California community-based organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. • A California organization, not affiliated with a local, municipal, city, county, or state governmental agency or entity, and holding a tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), of the Internal Revenue Code as the Grantee, in partnership with a California community- based organization without Section 501(c)(3) status designated as a sub-grantee. • A California Native American Tribe. For the purposes of this grant, this includes all Federally Recognized Tribes, and other California Native Americans, as defined by Governor’s Executive Order B-10-11. • A California faith-based organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to the extent consistent with law.


There are various project types that are eligible.  CARB intends to fund as many eligible community projects as is possible with the Community Air Grants Program. CARB anticipates a diverse mix of projects from many communities, with regional representation from across the state. The selected project portfolio is anticipated to include urban, suburban, and rural settings.


New for this year’s solicitation:

• Projects must be wholly located in and benefit disadvantaged and/or lowincome communities, as identified pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections 39711 and 39713 (added and amended by Senate Bill 535 and AB 1550), or on Tribal lands. Project census tract location(s) will be evaluated and confirmed in the “applicant background and project description” criterion. CARBs priority population investments mapping tool may be utilized for location identification purposes, available at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/communityinvestmen ts.htm .


Please contact us for grant writing assistance - we are quite familiar with this funding.  


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