By Staff Reports
(Victorville) – The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting proposals for projects that reduce smog-forming emissions from motor vehicles and help improve air quality in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and in Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley. Proposals will be accepted through January 25, 2017 at 5:00PM.
Approximately $1,000,000 in Mobile Source Emission Reduction Competitive Bidding Program monies could be available to public or private entities for projects that reduce emissions from mobile sources, which account for more than 60% of air pollutant emissions gauged in the High Desert. The grant program is funded through vehicle registration fees, which the local air agency uses to support programs that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles, as required by law.
Eligible projects include transit and parking management projects, purchase/lease of clean fuel/electric vehicles, or repowering of existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuel (limited to incremental cost of alternative fuel technology or amount not to exceed 25% of total project, whichever is greater), alternative fuel/electric vehicle infrastructure development and public education programs which do not duplicate the MDAQMD’s mobile emission reduction efforts.
Local governments, agencies, businesses, educational and research institutions capable of effectively utilizing funds to reduce mobile emissions are encouraged to submit proposals either as sole or joint applicants. For more information on the competitive grant process or to obtain a copy of the Call for Projects please visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov or call (760) 245-1661, ext. 1885.