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Community Air Protection Program - AB617


Information updated February 9, 2024

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 7 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 project funding for Year 7 is $760,094.

Application Period Opens February 1, 2024
Application Review Period Ongoing until funding expended


Year 6 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 project funding for Year 6 is $796,487.

Application Period Opens October 1, 2023
Application Review Period Ongoing until funding expended


Year 5 Schedule of Solicitation

Total project funding for year 5 is $867,814.

Application Period Opens September 29, 2022
Application Review Period Closed


Map of Priority Populations eligible for higher incentive funding.



Community Outreach for the CAP Program Year 6-7



The CAP Program emphasizes the importance of implementing outreach to low-income communities. On April 15, 2023, staff hosted a booth in Nipomo at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center which featured arts, nature, culture and music in an AB-1550 community and included several residents from the disadvantaged communities in Santa Maria. This event brought together children and families from throughout the county. We brought information on our various air pollution reduction programs, grant incentive programs, and surveys to inform us what type of projects the community prioritizes for cleaner air. APCD’s CAP staff engaged with residents, who were primarily from AB-1550 populations of Nipomo Mesa and Oceano, to better understand what types of projects they felt would reduce particulate matter in their community. This targeted outreach to our lowest income, most diverse populations in the county were extremely valuable and we received over 100 responses from people we do not usually hear from.

In late April, SLO APCD hosted a booth for Earth Day at Laguna Lake Park for community members to raise awareness and demonstrate ways to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over 2,000 people attended this event and APCD staff asked the public what they feel pollutes the most in the community and what projects they want to see in their community. Recommended projects included electric school and transit buses, near-zero emission waste haulers, agriculture equipment replacement, electric vehicle charging stations and alternative fueling stations. Staff created a survey to better understand the needs and concerns of low-income community members. Two questions were asked, and residents had to indicate their concerns or priorities.

In July, APCD participated in the San Luis Obispo Council of Government’s “Grant Camp” on Zoom and presented on the Community Air Protection Program, the FARMER program, the CARL MOYER guidelines, and electrification requirements for municipal agencies. Participants included government agencies, nonprofits, commercial groups among others that learned about various opportunities to clean up their industry’s equipment. In early December, APCD presented to the Life Long Learners Club to explore the need for electric vehicles in terms of California’s economy, environment, and public health. The presentation covered different types of “clean vehicles” available and the different types of electric chargers necessary to charge these vehicles.

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 Andrew Mutziger at [email protected].

Year 1 or 2 Project Located in a Low-Income Community? Project Awarded Name Brief Project Description Award Amount Provided Status
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 Completed
Year 1  Yes Paso Robles Join Unified School District The project includes the installed a level 3 electric vehicle charger to power Paso Robles Joint USD new electric bus.  $255,970 Completed
Year 1 No Paulo Pecora This project includes the installation of one level 3 electric vehicle charger in San Miguel, California.  $105,450 Completed
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 Completed
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 Completed
Year 1 Yes San Luis Coastal USD This project would help replace a diesel bus for a new cleaner burning diesel bus. $165,000 Completed
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. $787,655 Completed 
Year 3  Yes Cal Poly Corporation The project includes the installation of four EV chargers on the Cal Poly Campus. $21,510 Completed
Year 3 No Justin Vineyards This project will provide funding towards the installation of five Level 2 electric vehicle chargers at the Tasting and Production Facility in Paso Robles. $28,222 In progress
Year 3 Yes San Luis Coast Unified School District This project will fund two Level 2 EV chargers for tenants $90,463 In progress
Year 3 No Daniel's Woodland This project would help install a DCFC at Daniel's Woodland in Paso Robles. $135,790 Completed
Year 3  Yes San Miguel Vineyards Replacement of a 2000, Tier 1 diesel tractor with a new 2021 tractor $50,710 Completed
Year 3/5 Yes Sierra Vista Hospital     In Progress
Year 4/5 Yes Oceano CSD     In Progress
Year 4/5 Yes La Cuesta Inn     In Progress
Year 4/5  Yes  694 Santa Rosa     In Progress
Year 4/5 Yes Mullahey Ford     In Progress
Year 4/5  Yes City of Morro Bay     In Progress
Yes 4/5 Yes City of Morro Bay     In Progress
Yes 4/5 Yes SLO Transit     In Progress


If you have questions related to the Community Air Protection Plan, contact Andrew Mutziger at 805-781-5912.

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