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. 

2020-2021 UCAIR Grants

Areas of Interest

The UCAIR Grant Selection Committee is requesting applications for projects addressing any of the four areas listed below. For the 2020-2021 UCAIR Grant cycle applications that do not fall under one of these areas of interest will not be accepted.

  • Reduction of emissions from area sources, including residential homes and commercial sources such as, dry cleaners, print shops, gas stations and auto body paint shops
  • Creating strategies to encourage employers and individuals to use telecommuting techniques and other methods to get vehicles off the road, particularly during the inversion season
  • Programs utilizing emerging technologies that result in measurable emissions reductions
  • Reduction of emissions in underserved 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 other funding mechanisms, or do not fall within our mission. Significant state and private funding have recently been allocated to support EV infrastructure and air quality sensors, so UCAIR will focus its limited grant resources on other pursuits.

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

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 and/or emissions reductions for technical grants.
  • Projects that can be replicated to create additional emissions reductions will be given priority for funding.
  • The size of proposals varies considerably. The average amount of a UCAIR Grant is $23,000. Larger projects will be reviewed rigorously and must demonstrate commensurate emissions reductions.
  • 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.
  • It is anticipated projects will be of one-year duration.
  • 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 grant recipient.
  • UCAIR Grant funds will be dispersed via check directly to the applicant organization. UCAIR will not issue grant checks to a third-party organization or entity for any reason.
  • 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 full 20-21 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. Completed LOI forms should be submitted to grants@ucair.org.
  • 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

July 31, 2020 – Letter of Intent form due
August 28, 2020 – LOI review results back to prospective applicants
October 2, 2020 – Full applications due
November 16, 2020 – Grant recipients notified

*We cannot grant extensions on the deadlines listed above for any reason*

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.