VW Funding for Combustion Freight and Marine Projects Available Statewide in June

May 27, 2021

In partnership with: South Coast AQMD

California received $423 million from the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust in 2018 to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions—a major contributor to unhealthy air quality throughout the state. A portion of this funding is going toward the Combustion Freight and Marine Projects category, administered statewide by South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) to target emissions from the goods movement freight, marine and rail sectors.

On June 9th at 11 a.m. PT, South Coast AQMD is hosting a one-hour complimentary webinar that will provide a funding overview.

There is a total of $60 million in VW funds allocated to this category, including a first installment of $30 million made available to applicants statewide. Due to the previous solicitation being undersubscribed, approximately $26 million in project funds is still available. The second solicitation in statewide funding is scheduled for release pending approval by the South Coast AQMD Governing Board on Friday, June 4, 2021. If approved, applications will be accepted beginning June 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT on a first come, first served basis.

Funding will be available for private entities and government owned and operated fleets to replace or repower older equipment that operate in California, including Class 7 and 8 freight trucks, drayage trucks, dump trucks, waste haulers, concrete mixers, and freight switcher locomotives. Funding in the marine sector will be available only for the repower of ferries, tugboats, and towboats.

This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines throughout California.

This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines throughout the state of California, including but not limited to areas that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, such as freight corridors, ports, and railyards.

Complimentary Webinar for Interested Applicants

On June 9th at 11 a.m. PT, South Coast AQMD is planning to host a one-hour complimentary webinar that will provide a comprehensive overview of the available funding, application process, and evaluation criteria to help interested participants build a competitive application.

Interested parties can register here.

Application Materials and Requirements

Detailed information can be accessed on South Coast AQMD’s VW Funding website (http://www.aqmd.gov/vw/). The website also includes a Resources section that details materials that must be submitted alongside the application (e.g., photos), as well as supporting documents checklists.