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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. 

Projects will be funded on a first-come, first-served 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 Emission Reduction Program Overview.

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

Emission Reducing Projects**
Battery Charging/Alternative Fuel Infrastructure
Transit Bus Replacement
Agriculture Equipment
Agricultural Irrigation Engines


Year 5 Schedule of Solicitation 

The schedule of solicitation is outlined below, and projects will be considered on an ongoing basis until funding is fully allocated. Total program funding for Year 5 is $867,814. 

Application Period Opens September 29, 2022
Application Review Period Ongoing 


Eligibility Map for Year 5


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 2022, APCD staff attended community events in SLO County and solicited feedback from over 300 people. These were the first public outreach efforts since the COVID-19 pandemic online efforts, and APCD attended the the SLO Earth Day, SLO Children’s Day, Oceano Air Purifiers, Atascadero Lakefest, and the SLO Climate Party. Staff asked for additional community input on where electric charging stations should be by expanding the location responses. This will assist staff in identifying the most beneficial charging infrastructure for the community in the transition to electric transportation.


Year 1, 2 and 3 Awarded Projects

The CAP Program emphasizes continued outreach through project implementation. To leave a comment about potentially funded projects or any other aspects of AB 617 or the CAP Program, email Ashley Goldlist at agoldlist@co.slo.ca.us

Year 1 or 2 Project Located in a Low-Income Community? Project Awarded Name Brief Project Description Award Amount Provided
Year 1 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.  $176,550
Year 1  Yes Paso Robles Join 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
Year 1 No Paulo Pecora This project includes the installation of one level 3 electric vehicle charger in San Miguel, California.  $105,450
Year 1 Yes City of San Luis Obispo This project would help fund an EV ARC solar-powered L2 EV Charger at the SLO City Hall to be used for fleet and staff vehicles. $60,820
Year 1 Yes City of Grover Beach This project would help fund the City of Grover Beach Train Station Expansion Project by installing two L2 EV charging stations.   $17,650
Year 1 Yes San Luis Coastal USD This project would help replace a diesel bus for a new cleaner burning diesel bus. $165,000
Year 2 Yes San Luis Obispo Regional Transit This project would help fund SLO Regional Transit’s new bus maintenance facility by installing two Battery Electric Bus charging stations. $721,980
Year 3 No City of Morro Bay (1205 Embarcadero) This project would install two public L2 EV chargers on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  $13,140
Year 3 Yes Cal Poly Corporation The project includes the installation of four EV chargers on the Cal Poly Campus. $21,510
Year 3 Yes Megan's Organic Market This project would help install one EV charger at Megan's Organic Market in SLO $17,564
Year 3 No Daniel's Woodland This project would help install a DCFC at Daniel's Woodland in Paso Robles. $135,790
Year 3  Yes San Miguel Vineyards Replacement of a 2000, Tier 1 diesel tractor with a new 2021 tractor $50,710


If you have questions related to the Community Air Protection Plan, contact Ashley Goldlist 805-781-5983.

Community Air Protection Program Archive Page

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: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

To see the results of all CCI projects, read the annual report here: http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/annual-report