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Community Air Protection Program - AB617

In 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) which directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction with air districts to establish the Community Air Protection Program (CAP). AB 617 provides a new community-focused action framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants in the communities most impacted by air pollution. The CAP Program aims to facilitate GHG emission reductions and furthers the purpose of AB 32 and related statues.

Subject to Board approval in September of 2019, the APCD will be accepting grant applications for zero or near zero emission projects in low-income areas of the county starting October 1 through November 30, 2019. Projects will be funded on a competitive basis and must comply with the Community Air Protection Incentives 2019 Guidelines, the California Climate Investment Guidelines and the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines. More information is provided in the Program Overview (coming soon). 

More information on the grant program and grant applications for eligible project types are provided in the links below. 

  • Infrastructure
  • School Buses (coming soon)
  • Transit Buses (coming soon)
  • Agricultural Equipment 
  •  On-Road Vehicles

Contact APCD if you have other zero emission projects you would like to speak with us about. 

Year 2 Schedule of Solicitation and Competitive Project Scoring

Schedule of Solicitation

Applications Accepted

October 1 through November 20, 2019

Posting of Considered Applications

January 2020

Application Review Period

December 2019 through January 2020

Award Announcements

February 1, 2020


Competitive Scoring

The APCD will score potential projects based on the below table. Projects receiving the lowest number of points, based on the below criteria, will have funding priority. 

* Individual AB 1550 census tracts will be scored based on the below table. To find out if your project is within an AB 1550 community, click here

** Community outreach scoring will be posted at the end of September 2019. 

Community Outreach for the CAP Program

The CAP Program emphasizes the importance of implementing outreach to low-income communities. In the Spring and Summer of 2019, APCD staff attended/will attend the following events to survey community members: 

  • 2019 Oceano Day of the Child
  • 2019 San Luis Obispo Children's Day in the Plaza
  • July 2019 Morro bay Main Street Market
  • 2019 Los Osos Library Youth Craft Fair & Book Sale
  • 2019 Paso Robles Event - TBA

The results of the survey will be posted in September 2019. 

The CAP Program also emphasizes continued outreach through project implementation. To leave a comment about potentially funded projects or any other aspects of AB 617 or CAP Program, email Jacqueline Mansoor at

Year 2 Funded Projects

Will be determined after competitive process. 

Year 1 Funded Projects

The table below illustrates local projects funded through the CAP Program. 

Benefitting a Low-Income Community? Project Awardee Name Brief Project Description Award Amount Provided
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District This project replaced a 1989 diesel school bus with a Bluebird 72 passenger green power all electric bus. Paso Robles Joint USD was the only school bus application received that was zero emission and located in the low-income zone.  $186,550
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District The project includes the installation of a level 3 electric vehicle chargers to power Paso Robles Joint USD new electric bus.  $255,970
Yes County Hospital Health Campus The project includes the installation of 4 level 2 electric vehicle chargers at the County Hospital on Johnson Avenue to be used for fleet purposes. $39,070
Yes Cal Poly Corporation The project includes the installation of 1 level 2 charger at the Cal Poly Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Department to be used for fleet purposes.  $18,440
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District This project replaced a 1995 diesel school bus with a Bluebird 72 passenger green power all-electric bus.  $124,033

If you have questions related to the Community Air Protection Plan, contact Jackie Mansoor at 805-781-5983.


Funding Source Acknowledgement

The Community Air Protection Plan is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:

To see the results of all CCI projects, read the annual report here:

Click here to see an online map of all final CCI Projects: