Incentive Programs

APCD Fuel-Efficient Low Rolling Resistance Tire Voucher Program

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




On September 10, 2013, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board approved 47 new Carl Moyer Program grants totaling $3,075,451. The grants help owners of heavy-duty diesel equipment upgrade to lower-polluting new equipment. 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. Additional information about the Carl Moyer Program can be found at


Last year was the 15th year the District administered this grant program. Information on the grants awarded in Ventura County can be obtained at this link:


The District is now accepting new grant applications. Approximately $3 million is available in 2014 to fund projects in Ventura County. Eligible projects include the following:


  • Repower Tier 1 and Tier 2 agricultural irrigation and water well pumps with electric motors or Tier 4 diesel engines. Diesel repower projects can receive up to up to 70% of new engine costs. Electrification projects can receive up to 85% of eligible costs.
  • Repower commercial fishing boats with new lower emission engines: Maximum funding is up to 85% of eligible costs.
  • Replace farm tractors and construction equipment with new lower-emission equipment, and repower farm tractors, construction equipment, and locomotives with new lower emission engines. Maximum funding is up to 70% of eligible costs.


Grant applications will be accepted until June 6, 2014. If we receive grant requests totaling more than $3 million, the grant applications that would most cost effectively reduce air pollution will be selected for funding. The selected projects will be proposed for funding at the Air Pollution Control Board’s September 9, 2014, meeting.


APCD staff is available to assist applicants with completing grant applications. As a first step, please review the Application Statement, Example of a Grant Contract, and Disclosure Statement. They contain important information on eligibility requirements and restrictions. Application forms can be downloaded below or obtained by calling Chris Frank, Air Quality Engineer, at (805) 645-1409. Additional information is contained in the 2011 Carl Moyer Program Guidelines:


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.