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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 deadline to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2023-2024 funding cycle has passed.

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

2023-2024 Request for Proposals

PREFERRED FUNDING PRIORITIES

For the 2023-2024 UCAIR Grant cycle, the UCAIR Grant Selection Committee invites proposals for projects and programs addressing one or more of the following preferred areas of focus:

  • Reduction of emissions from area sources.
    • Projects/programs should focus on reducing emissions from area sources, which are defined as smaller, stationary sources of air pollution that contribute to both wintertime inversion and summertime ozone seasons. Examples of area sources include, but are not limited to, residential homes and commercial sources, such as dry cleaners, print shops, gas stations and auto body paint shops.
  • Targeting summertime precursor emissions
    • Projects/programs should specifically address the reduction of precursor emissions, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that contribute to ozone pollution in the summer months.
  • Implementation of emerging technologies
    • Projects/programs should leverage emerging technologies to achieve measurable emissions reductions.
  • Reduction of emissions in underserved areas
    • Projects/programs should target emissions reduction in one or both of the following areas:
      • Socioeconomically disadvantaged communities;
      • Areas of opportunity (geographic, industry, sector) that have not received adequate financial support.
 
AREAS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

While UCAIR is supportive of efforts in the areas below, we recognize that they are being addressed through alternative funding mechanisms or do not align with our mission. Substantial state and private funding have been recently allocated to support electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and air quality sensors. In order to maximize the impact of our limited grant resources, UCAIR will prioritize other endeavors at this time. We encourage you to explore the funding opportunities listed at the bottom of this page for more information regarding alternative funding opportunities that may be available.

As advised by the UCAIR Grant Selection Committee, funding for the upcoming cycle will not be awarded to the following areas:

  • Installation and/or support of air quality measurement instruments
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • General education and awareness, including toolkits
  • Political speech

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 grants@ucair.org 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

  • Monday, June 12, 2023 – Grant Application Opens
  • Friday, August 4, 2023 – Letter of Intent Form due
  • Friday, August 25, 2023 – Responses Sent to Prospective Applicants
  • Friday, September 29, 2023 – Full Applications Due
  • Friday, November 17, 2023 – Grant Recipient Announcement

Forms

2023-2024 UCAIR Grants Request for Proposals 

Letter of Intent Form

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:

Dominion Energy logo
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.