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Air Quality Funding Programs  (Click here to return to the Air Quality Funding Home page)

Currently Available Funding Options- Last Updated on September 26, 2017


Alternative Fueling Facilities Program

The TCEQ is now accepting applications for funding consideration under the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP). The AFFP program offers grants for the construction or expansion of natural gas and other alternative fuel fueling stations within the Clean Transportation Zone. Deadline to apply is January 16, 2018.


AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program
[Accepting Applications for Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance]
This program is designed to help owners of high-emitting vehicles comply with vehicle emissions standards and contribute to improving regional air quality by offering financial incentives to remove these vehicles from the roadways. Up to $600 for emissions repair assistance and up to $3,500 toward a newer, cleaner vehicle are currently available. Recipients must meet income requirements and vehicles must meet certain conditions


The Climate Trust Programs

The Climate Trust is seeking new and innovative projects to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Preferred projects include US based projects that directly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, transportation efficiency projects (electrified ground service equipment at airports or marine, truck, or locomotive anti-idling projects), industrial efficiency projects (district heating steam plant retrofits and thermal efficiency improvements that avoid natural gas combustion), and forestry projects. There is no deadline for submitting project proposals; however, the first qualified proposals received are most likely to be funded.

Commercial Mower Incentive Program
[First-Come, First-Served]
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) — a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives through its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign, to commercial landscaper, parks departments, independent school districts, businesses and farmers for the purchase of dedicated LPG or Duel-Fuel Mowers and Conversions. Qualifying mowers must be commercial grade and must plan  to use a minimum of 500 gallons of propane per mower. Up to $1,000 is available per propane mower and/or propane conversion, with a perpetual cap of $7,000 per fleet.

Clean School Bus Program

[First-come, First-Served]

The TCEQ is now accepting applications for funding consideration under the Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCSB). Eligible applicants include all public school districts and charter schools in Texas. Eligible projects include replacement and retrofit projects.  Replacements are eligible for up to 75 percent of funding, and retrofit projects are eligible for up to 100 percent of funding. The deadline to apply is April 26, 2019.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Multiple financial incentives are available throughout Texas, including utility rebate programs and government loan programs. 

Federal and State Incentives and Laws (Including Tax Credits)
The Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicles Data Center maintains a comprehensive listing of Federal and State incentives and laws related to clean vehicles and fuels.

Fleets for the Future

Fleets for the Future (F4F) is a national partnership of regional councils, Clean Cities coalitions, and industry experts led by the National Association of Regional Councils, charged with coordinating procurement initiatives designed to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure to reduce incremental purchase costs. Fuel types include propane, electric, and natural gas options.


North Texas Airport Emissions 2017 Call for Projects

[First-Come, First-Served]

The North Central Texas Council of Governments, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, is offering $600,000 in grant funding for replacement or repower of existing diesel-powered ground support equipment operating at airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) ten-county ozone nonattainment area, which includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise. The funding opportunity is called the North Texas Airport Emissions Reduction 2017 Call for Projects (CFP).


Grant awards can pay for up to 25% of the incremental cost of replacing old equipment, or up to 40% of repowering old equipment with a new engine. Applications will be reviewed on a modified first come, first served basis. The last Friday of each month will serve as an interim deadline. Applications received “in hand” by 5pm Central Time on the Last Friday of each calendar month will be considered competitively with applications received since the preceding deadline.


Propane Mower Incentive Program
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) — a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives for commercial-grade mowers, both dedicated and duel fuel, for certain entities that plan to use a minimum of 500 gallons of propane per mower. This program offers up to $1000 per commercial-grade propane mower and/or propane conversion, up to a total of $7000 per applicant and must be purchased and operated in Texas. Mowers and conversion systems must be EPA and CAPB certified to use propane.


Propane Vehicle Incentives for Texas Updated Incentives!
[First-Come, First-Served]
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) — a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives through its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign, to private Texas vehicle fleets. The ProCOT defines a private fleet as a business or non-profit fleet with three or more vehicles registered in Texas. Incentives of up to $5000 are available for the purchase of new, dedicated original equipment manufacturer (OEM) propane autogas vehicles or toward conversion, with a program cap of $20,000 per fleet. In return for the incentive, vehicle incentive recipients will be required to provide data on their fleet.
Effective January 1, 2017, the Propane Vehicle Incentive Program was expanded to public fleets to include school district white fleet, municipal, county, and state fleets.  


Rural Energy for America Program:

Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans

[Loan Guarantees completed continuously year-round]

Rural Energy for America Program, a program of the US Department of Agriculture, provides guaranteed loan financing to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers (with at least 50 percent of gross income coming from agricultural operations) in rural and non-rural areas, and small businesses in cities or towns with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants may apply for loans of between $5,000 and $25 million. Loan guarantees will be made on loans up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs.

Take a Load Off, Texas Incentive Programs
Oncor offers funding incentives for many energy-related retrofit projects.  Programs are available for renewable energy installations, electric load deductions, and weatherization projects and are open to individuals, businesses, governments, school districts, and non-profits

Texas LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program

The State Energy Conservation Office offers the Texas LoanStar (Saving Taxes and Resources) Revolving Loan Program which drives low-interest loans to assist Texas public institutions by financing their energy-related, cost-reduction retrofit projects. Loan recipients may be cities,counties, independent school districts, state agencies, public institutions of higher education and tax-supported public hospital districts. All loan disbursements are on a reimbursement basis. Borrowers repay the loans through the stream of energy cost savings realized from the retrofitting.



4/27/2018 AP/MG

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