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. The goal of the UCAIR Grants Program is to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants that cause Utah’s poor air quality. Although applicant organizations may propose projects in any area that may decrease criteria pollutants within our State. 

Guidelines and Review Criteria

  • 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.
  • Funding will be prioritized by the amount of actual emissions reduction anticipated from the projects.
  • Proposals must delineate the metrics and/or performance standards that will be used to quantify outcomes for social science grants and emissions reductions for technical grants.
  • Technical projects that can be replicated to create additional emissions reductions will be given priority for funding.
  • The size of proposals varies considerably. UCAIR has funded projects with budgets as low as $1,000 and as much as $60,000. The average amount of a UCAIR Grant is $23,000. Larger projects receive particular scrutiny and must demonstrate commensurate emissions reductions.
  • It is anticipated projects will be of one-year duration.
  • Applicants will be limited to private-sector, public-sector or nonprofit organizations. Grants will not be awarded to individuals.
  • For-profit organizations may be considered for grants if the project furthers UCAIR’s charitable purpose.
  • UCAIR Grants cannot be used for projects that include lobbying, political speech or any other type of political activity.
  • UCAIR Grants are not available for strategic, start up or investment capital. Nor are UCAIR Grants intended to support the applicant organization’s infrastructure
  • All grants will be subject to an agreement between UCAIR and the successful recipient.
  • The UCAIR Grant Program will only fund projects that have matching funds associated with the project. Projects that use UCAIR as the sole funding source will not be considered. 

UCAIR Grant Process Overview

  • Applicants are encouraged to review the RFP, which details criteria and process for submitting a grant request.
  • Applicants should then submit a Letter of Intent form, which outlines the idea proposed and provides for further discussion between the applicant and UCAIR’s Grant Selection Committee before a full application is prepared.
  • If the idea is approved for further consideration, applicants should then submit a full UCAIR Grant Application Form.
    – A full application form will be provided to LOI applicants who are asked to move forward.
  • When submitting a complete UCAIR Grant Application Form, please be sure to included all requested items, follow all instructions and use forms in the format they are provided. Incomplete or improperly completed applications will be disqualified or returned to the applicant for revision before the application will be considered for funding.

Grant Timeline

2019 grants are closed. 2020 dates will be announced in summer 2020.

Other Funding

Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit

The State of Utah provides a tax credit for motor vehicles that meet certain air quality and fuel economy standards.

Natural Gas Heavy Duty Vehicle Tax Credit

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

BizHelp

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Business Assistance Program, BizHelp, provides information on pollution prevention practices, environmental permits, sustainability resources, and the Clean Utah business recognition program.