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NEW Program Coming October 10 for Qualified Low-Income Applicants! 

Are you a licensed contractor/installer that would like to be an approved contractor for our program? Click below for the Installer Application or email us at woodsmoke@slocleanair.org for more information. Program Guidelines coming soon. 

Installer / Contractor Appliation & Agreement

** ALL projects participating in this program are REQUIRED to get a permit by their local jurisdiction. The replacement device must be permanently installed by a professional, appropriately licensed dealer approved by the APCD for this program. Self-installation of heating devices is not allowed.

 Woodsmoke Reduction Program 

Program Application   - this includes the Installer/Contractor Application 

Program Guidelines

Participating Installers / Contractors - updated as of September 29, 2023

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that invests California’s cap-and-trade dollars from emission sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment. 

Please your original wood burning device with a cleaner burning wood, electric stove or electric heat pump. Applicants must self-certify that they use their device as a primary source of heat in their home. Do not order or make any type of payment to your new deveice retailer or installer and do not begin any work on your change-out project until you receive a voucher from the APCD.

Important Dates

October 10, 2023:  Program Launches!

October 10, 2023 - April 14, 2024: Only Low-Income Applications Accepted

April 15, 2024: Program opens county wide to all interested applicants

Program Basics

  1. The funding for this Program is available for all residents countywide; however, for the first 6 months of the Program, low-income households that demonstrate eligibility will be given priority for funding.
  2. Applicants must certify that their wood burning device is used as a primary source of heat in their home and specify the annual amount of wood they burn.
  3. The funding for this Program is first-come, first-served, based on the date the APCD deems the application complete.
  4. Submission of a complete application is not a guarantee of funding
  5. Until the APCD deems the application complete and issues a voucher, no work can begin on the project, no orders may be placed, or deposits made on the project.
  6. Only one voucher may be redeemed per property, even if a project was completed in a previous fiscal year or program cycle.
  7. The permitting process with your city/county Building Department MUST be started prior to ANY work done on your project, a project will be deemed ineligible for funding if a building permit is not finalized by the completion of the project.
  8.  If the replacement device is an electric ductless mini-split or ducted heat pump, applicants are allowed to retain the original heating device, if they sign an agreement that it will only be used during power outages .
  9. Woodstoves or fireplaces must be in a residential property that is owned by the applicant. If a renter wishes to apply for this Program, they must provide a signed Homeowner / Landlord Consent (see Section 10. below) with the application, which provides for the renter moving forward with the replacement on the homeowner’s behalf.
  10. Vacation home properties are not eligible for this Program. The change-out must be located in a primary residence or a long-term rental property.
  11. Households that previously received Program incentives are not eligible.

Low Income Eligibility

Low-income households may be eligible to replace their heating device for little or no cost. To qualify for this extra incentive, applicants must demonstrate low-income eligibility. 

Documents required for income verification of all household members: 

Proof of participation in an existing federal or state low-income assistance program may establish eligibility for this incentive program.  Please see the items below for examples of the programs we accept as forms of low-income documentation with your application.  The name of the applicant for this incentive program must match the name on the assistance program document:  

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program with a participating California utility company 
If you do not participate in any of the above listed low-income assistance programs, you may also qualify if adjusted gross income of your household for 2022 did not exceed the low-income limits, as 
defined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  Please see the table below to determine if you qualify. If you believe you qualify, provide a completed copy of the summary of your Tax Return Transcripts or federal income tax form 1040 (Pages 1 & 2) for tax year 2018 for all members of the household who filed taxes. You can obtain a free Tax Return Transcript at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript.    

Helpful Tools & Websites

IRS website to request a summary of your Tax Return Transcripts if you are qualifying for a low-income Enhanced Incentive. 

Cord Usage Guide

**Please note, when determining usage on your application: a cord of wood is 4 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet, split and tightly stacked –  approximately 128 cubic feet (see the picture below). A grocery store bundle is typically 6-8 pieces of tightly stacked wood and is approximately 0.75 cubic feet.

0.00586 cord = 1 bundle (0.75 cubic feet)
0.1 cord = 17 bundles
1/4 cord = 43 bundles
1/2 cord = 85 bundles
3/4 cord = 128 bundles
1 cord = 170 bundles (128 cubic feet)


The Woodsmoke Reduction Program 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.