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UCAIR Funding Opportunities

Since 2013, the UCAIR Grants Program has encouraged Utah’s businesses, government entities and nonprofit organizations to bring forward creative and innovative ideas to address air quality. The goal of the UCAIR Grants Program is to reduce emissions of criteria and precursor pollutants that cause Utah’s year-round challenges with poor air quality. The complex issue of air quality requires a comprehensive approach, and applicants are encouraged to propose projects in any area that may decrease pollutants within our state.

Thank you for your interest in the UCAIR Grants Program. The 2024-25 UCAIR Grant cycle will open in June 2024. More information will be coming soon!

If you would like to receive updates about the upcoming funding cycle, please provide your contact information using the form below:

2024-2025 Request for Proposals and Additional Guidelines
Coming Soon!

Guidelines and Review Criteria

Additional Areas of Consideration & Funding Prioritization:

  • UCAIR Grant funds must be used to reduce the criteria pollutants that degrade Utah’s air quality, either directly or through longer-term effects related to social change. UCAIR recognizes that this can be achieved in many ways, and we may accept Letters of Intent for projects that fall outside the preferred areas listed above given that they demonstrate impact or scale to improve air quality in innovative and creative ways.
  • UCAIR welcomes partner organizations who share our commitment. We strongly encourage partners to collaborate on projects that advance their joint program goals and contribute to our shared objective. Special consideration will be given to projects with innovative alliances.
  • Funding will be prioritized based on the anticipated amount of actual emissions reduction from the projects.
  • Projects that can be replicated or that demonstrate scope to create additional emissions reductions will receive priority for funding.

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Proposals must delineate the metrics and/or performance standards that will be used to quantify outcomes and/or emissions reductions.
  • The average of all UCAIR Grants awarded is $21,404, but proposals of varying sizes are accepted.
  • Larger projects will undergo a thorough review and must demonstrate commensurate emissions reductions.
  • Projects are typically expected to have a one-year duration. 

Grant Limitations and Exclusions:

  • Applicants must be private-sector, public-sector or nonprofit organizations. Grants will not be made to individuals.
  • Grants will be considered for for-profit organizations if the project furthers UCAIR’s charitable purpose or results in direct, measurable emissions reductions.
    • For-profit grants will be capped at 50% of the total project cost or a maximum of $20,000. For-profit organizations will be expected to contribute matching funds.
  • UCAIR Grants cannot fund projects involving lobbying, political speech or any form of political activity.
  • Strategic, start-up, investment capital and infrastructure support are not eligible for UCAIR Grants.

Grant Agreement and Disbursement:

  • All grants will be subject to a partnership agreement between UCAIR and the successful recipient. Additional details regarding this agreement, such as reporting requirements, are included in the 2023-2024 Request for Proposals Document.
  • UCAIR Grant funds will be directly dispersed via check to the applicant organization. Checks will not be issued to third-party organizations or entities.
  • In the case of a grant awarded to a small business, funding may be sent directly to a vendor with prior written approval from the UCAIR Grant Manager.

UCAIR Grant Process Overview

  • Applicants are encouraged to review the full 2023-2024 Request for Proposals document, which details the submission process and criteria for a UCAIR Grant.
  • To initiate an application, please submit a Letter of Intent Form, outlining your proposed project/program with concise details. Completed LOI forms should be submitted to on or before Friday, August 4, 2023.
  • If a proposed project/program is approved for further consideration, applicants will be contacted and invited to submit a full UCAIR Grant Application Form. This form will be provided to eligible applicants by August 25, 2023.
  • When submitting a complete UCAIR Grant Application Form, please ensure that all requested items are included and that all forms are submitted in the provided format. Incomplete or improperly completed applications will be disqualified or returned to the applicant for revision prior to being considered for funding.

Grant Timeline

Timeline for the 2024-25 UCAIR Grant cycle coming soon!


2024-2025 UCAIR Grants Request for Proposals – Coming Soon!

Letter of Intent Form – Coming Soon!

2023 UCAIR Grant Fact Sheet with Previously Funded Projects

Have any questions? Get in touch with our UCAIR Grants Team!

Special thanks to our UCAIR Partners for their generous support of this year's grant program:

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Rio Tinto Kennecott logo

Other Funding

Leaders for Clean Air Electric Vehicle Charging Resources

Leaders for Clean Air is a UCAIR nonprofit partner that offers free electric vehicle charging stations to Utah businesses. 

Alternative Fuel Heavy-Duty Vehicle Tax Credit

The State of Utah provides a tax credit for the qualified purchase of a natural gas, a 100% electric or hydrogen-electric heavy-duty vehicle (category 7 or 8 vehicle) that has never been titled or registered.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers free support regarding environmental regulations and compliance and other resources to help Utah’s small businesses lower their impact on the environment. 

Utah Clean Fleet Program

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is offering reimbursements up to a certain amount for Utah businesses to upgrade or replace heavy-duty or medium-heavy-duty trucks, vans, buses, and other diesel vehicles/equipment with cleaner versions.