Incentive Programs

Carl Moyer Program

Lower Emission School Bus Program

Clean Air Fund


Chuck Thomas, Manager (805) 645-1427


Chris Frank, Supervising Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1409

Stan Cowen, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1408



Carl Moyer Program

The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is an incentive program offered jointly by the California Air Resources Board and California’s local air districts that provides grants for cleaner-than-required engines and equipment to help improve air quality in California. The grants are administered by the local air districts. The program is named after the late Dr. Carl Moyer in recognition of his work in the air quality field and his efforts in bringing about this incentive program.


On September 9, 2014, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board approved 45 new Carl Moyer Program grants totaling $2,773,279. The grants help owners of heavy-duty diesel equipment upgrade to new lower-polluting equipment.


2014 was the 16th year the District administered this program. Information on the grants awarded to Ventura County businesses can found here:


The District is now accepting new grant applications. Approximately $3 million is available to fund projects in Ventura County. Eligible projects will include the following:


  • Repower Tier 1 and Tier 2 agricultural irrigation and water well pumps with electric motors or Tier 4 diesel engines. Pumps with model year 2003 and older engines that are larger than 174 horsepower are no longer eligible for grant funding.
  • Repower commercial fishing boats with new lower emission engines.
  • Replace farm tractors and construction equipment with new lower emission equipment, and repower farm tractors, construction equipment, and locomotives with new lower emission engines.


The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 5, 2015. All applications received by June 5, 2015, will be evaluated for eligibility and ranked by cost effectiveness. APCD staff will recommend funding for the most cost effective projects to the Air Pollution Control Board during their September 8, 2015, public meeting.


Grant applications for 2015 are posted below. Please call or email Chris Frank, Air Quality Engineer, at (805) 645-1409 for additional information. Information is also available at these links:



Clean Air Fund

The Clean Air Fund was created by a donation from the 3M Company. The Clean Air Fund Advisory Committee reviews all grant proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the Air Pollution Control Board. Approximately $35,000 is available for funding this year, and we are currently accepting proposals for projects that reduce air pollutant emissions. In the past year, Clean Air Fund grants were used for the Electric Lawn Mower Trade-in Program and the Commercial Leaf Blower trade-in program. Contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.


Lower Emission School Bus Program


On March 9, 2010, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $131,291 for the replacement of one diesel school bus for Rio School District and $131,305 for the replacement of one diesel school bus for Simi Valley Unified School District.

On January 12, 2010, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $259,626 for the replacement of two diesel school buses with lower emission diesel buses for Pleasant Valley School District, and approved $1,044,562 for the replacement of eight diesel school buses with lower emission diesel buses for Ventura Unified School District.

On November 11, 2008, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $ $3,440,902 for school bus grants including bus replacements and retrofits. All applications for eligible retrofits were awarded. School bus replacements were awarded to replace the oldest school buses, Model Year 1981 and older, based on criteria from ARB guidelines. The Board Letter for this award may be downloaded below. The remainder of the Proposition 1B school bus grant funds will be awarded in the fall of 2009.

On June 5, 2008, staff held a public workshop with local school districts to explain the proposed grant program. Pre-1977 school bus replacements will be provided first priority, and twenty-five percent of funds will be reserved for school bus retrofits. The Air Resource Board has proposed regulations that may require that Level 3 particulate control devices be installed on 1987 and newer school buses. Those school districts not awarded retrofit grants may be required to install these controls at their own expense.

On May 13, 2008, the Air Pollution Control Board approved participation in the 2008-2010 Lower Emission School Bus Grant Program and accepted the $5 million grant award applicable for both school bus replacements and retrofits. This state funding originally resulted from the 2006 voter approval of Proposition 1B, but funding has been replaced using bond funds from the federal 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act bonds.

No co-funding will be required for pre-1977 school bus replacements, all school bus retrofits, or alternative-fueled school bus replacements meeting 2010 emission standards. Because of projections of very lean budgets for school districts, the $25,000 co-funding per school bus was decreased to $10,000 for 1977 through 1986 school bus replacements upon recommendation of the APCD Standing Committee on June 10, 2008. The Lower Emission School Bus Grant Program will follow state guidelines which can be accessed at the following link:

Contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 if you have any questions about the program.