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, the UCAIR Grant Selection Committee has designated areas of special interest in which we believe efforts could have important impact. Please see the 2019-2020 UCAIR Grants Requests for Proposals (RFP) for complete details.

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 grant projects that can be replicated to create additional emissions reductions will be given priority for funding.
  • Projects that address UCAIR’s areas of special interest may 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 budget of 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 made to individuals.
  • Grants will be considered to for-profit organizations if the project furthers UCAIR’s charitable purpose.
  • All grants will be subject to an agreement between UCAIR and the successful recipient.
  • Please note the UCAIR grant program will only fund projects that have matching funds associated with the project. The program will not fund projects that use UCAIR as the sole funding source. Applications whose major goal is to support the applicant organization’s infrastructure are generally discouraged.

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

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 – Letter of Intent Form due
  • Friday, August 23, 2019- Responses back to prospective applicants
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 – Application Form due
  • Monday, November 18, 2018 – Grant Recipient Announcement

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