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Mobile Emission Reduction Programs

Eligibility requirements for incentives and grants are for local residents and entities located within the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) boundaries.  

Eligible District Zip Codes.pdf

Incentives and Grants are generally paid out as reimbursements after application, district board approval, signed grant agreement and other required documentation such as proof of completion have been submitted, including District staff on-site verification, if applicable.  Grant programs have limited funds and shall terminate upon depletion of program funding.  The AVAQMD shall have no obligation to honor applications prior to applicant verification of available funds and/or contracted projects.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive

(Open until all funds are exhausted)(Funded by AB2766 $4 DMV Fee for Mobile Emission Reduction Programs)

A $1,000 Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) incentive is offered to local residents within the AVAQMD jurisdiction which includes the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (see list of District zip codes above).  AFV incentives are two per person or entity, per new electric/electric hybrid vehicle purchase or lease agreement made with local Antelope Valley Dealerships.  AFVs purchased outside of Antelope Valley Dealerships are eligible for half of the incentive.  Electric Home Charging  and Refueling Units are currently unavailable.  Incentives are paid as reimbursement after submittal and processing of AFV incentive application.  Applicants should contact the District to verify available funding. 

AFV Incentive Application.pdf

Vehicle Buy Back Program

(Open until all funds are exhausted)(Funded by AB2766 $4 DMV Fee for Mobile Emission Reduction Programs and Carl Moyer Project Funds for Light Duty Vehicles)

  • $1,000 paid to local residents for vehicles 1997 or older
  • Car/Truck/Van < 10,000lbs. GVWR
  • Currently registered as operable
  • Registered as operable in the Antelope Valley for the past 24 months
  • In good operating condition
  • Take and pass smog check if within 60 days of a required smog
  • Operability test and inspection will be performed on-site

        For more information on the Vehicle Buy Back Program... 
        CONTACT 1-800-717-7624 for Application and Instructions

Lawn Mower Exchange Program

(YEARLY EVENTS HELD IN PALMDALE AND LANCASTER )(Funded by the Districts General funds for Emission Reduction Projects and AB 923)

  • up to $319 incentive by the District
  • must retire a gas-powered Lawn Mower, Blower or Trimmer 
  • must purchase new Zero-Emission, Battery-Electric Lawn Mower, Blower or Trimmer through District selected vendor
  • participants are responsible for claiming the incentives by registration and paying special pricing before the event.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program

(Open until all funds are exhausted) (Funded by AB 923 and/or AB 2766 DMV Fees for Mobile Emission Reduction Programs)

This incentive based program is to encourage local entities within the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) to install electric vehicle charging stations to offer public options for electric vehicle charging.  Ideal project sites include but are not limited to retail centers, multi-unit dwellings, workplaces, hospitals, public transit stations, and park & rides.  This program will reimburse District Board approved projects up to 80 percent of the total costs of infrastructure, charging equipment and installation where the maximum funding amount is determined by meeting general criteria.  

See Program details for more information:

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Guidelines.pdfEV Charging Stations Program Application 2018.pdf

If you have questions regarding any of our incentive programs, please contact Julie McKeehan, Grants Analyst at (661) 723-8070 Ext. 28 or (redacted)

Carl Moyer - Heavy Duty Diesel Equipment On-Road & Off-Road

(Funded by CARB's Carl Moyer Program Funds and AB 2766 $4 DMV Fee and AB 923 $2 for Mobile Emission Reduction Programs)

Program Objectives 
To improve the quality of the air in the Antelope Valley by funding local, cost-effective projects to upgrade heavy-duty equipment (GVWR greater than 14,000 lbs.) using proven technologies and procedures that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and reactive organic gases (ROG).  Diesel exhaust is a serious public health risk, considered the number one airborne carcinogen in California, responsible for 70 percent of the cancer risk in CA from toxic air contaminants, and a major contributor to lung and heart problems. Funding is provided by California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program and DMV Surcharge Fees. Approximately 9 million dollars has been awarded to eligible projects reducing emissions by approximately 3,200 tons.

Eligible projects include:  Replacement, Repower, Retrofit (Highest Level PM and NOx reductions), TRU Retrofit and Idling Reduction Retrofit.  NOTE**On-road projects are limited due to regulation and/or having 10 or fewer vehicles, GVWR less than 26,000lbs.  In addition ALL projects must operate a minimum of 75% in California and 25% within the District.  Agriculture Off-Road projects are unlimited.  Off-Road Construction equipment for Large Fleets are limited**

It is recommended to call the AVAQMD grants coordinator to discuss project eligibility and estimate of grant benefit before submitting an application.  Non-compliant equipment/fleet is ineligible.

Off-Road Equipment Replacement for 25hp or Larger

  • Agriculture and Construction Equipment
  • Uncontrolled, Tier 1 or Tier 2 fully functional, self-propelled off-road equipment to be scrapped and replaced with newer current emission standard engine.
  • Small Fleets: Not limited by regulation
  • Large/Medium Fleets: Very Limited opportunities

Off-Road Compression Ignited Equipment Repower or Retrofit

  • Off-Road Equipment: Construction, mining, rental, airport ground support and other industries
  • Small Fleets 2,500 hp or less thru Dec. 31, 2025
  • Med. Fleets 2,501 to 5,000 hp thru Dec. 31, 2019
  • Lrg. Fleets > 5,000 hp (Limited to Replacement Only with Tier 4)
  • Off-Road Large-Spark Ignition Equipment Retrofit or New Electric
  • Limited Projects: Forklifts, Sweeper/Scrubbers, Industrial Tow Tractors, Airport Ground Support Equipment
  • Small Fleets: 1st Off-Road Regulation compliance date is January 1, 2019.  The final compliance date is January 1, 2028.  Funding opportunities through December 31, 2025.
  • Medium Fleets: 1st Off-Road Regulation compliance date January 1, 2017.  The final compliance date is Janaury 1, 2023.  Funding opportunities through December 31, 2019.
  • Large Fleets: Final compliance date January 1, 2013.  After January 1, 2017 Large Fleets may receive one additional or first opportunity for funding.
  • All other Projects: Aerial lifts, construction, mining, other industrial (Unlimited)

Portable and Stationary Equipment (Repower and/or Retrofit)

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 - Limited opportunity

Emergency Vehicles (Fire Apparatus) Replacement

  • Eligible projects include, but are not limited to pumpers, ladder trucks, and water tenders in which a new or used replacement vehicle with an engine meeting the current model year California emission standard replaces an older, more polluting fire apparatus. The older, replaced vehicle must be destroyed. A fire truck reuse option is also available on a case-by-case basis. The fire truck reuse option allows fire departments to give away the existing old vehicle and destroy another older vehicle in its place
  • GVWR > 14,000 lbs.
  • Auxiliary Engines are ineligible
  • Up to 80% in grant funding (less may actually be awarded depending on the results of the cost-effectiveness evaluation).

Funding Availability 
For 2018 there is a projected $725,540 in Carl Moyer Program funds available for eligible projects.  Project applications are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected based on competitive review of emission reductions, cost-effectiveness, viability, surplus to regulation, and operations within the AVAQMD for the purpose of local emission reductions.

Project Selection 
To be eligible for funding proposed projects must meet the requirements of the most recently approved ARB Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program guidelines and advisories. 

ARB Carl Moyer Program Website 

Off-Road Program Eligibility.pdfOn-Road Program Eligibility.pdfCarl Moyer Program Application Packet 2018.pdf

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  • Complete and signed application form
  • Documentation of usage/operation including fuel receipts (and/ or records for mileage, operating hours) for the 2 most recent year(s) of vehicle/equipment operation
  • Necessary quotes as applicable to the proposed project

Complete Applications should be submitted to: 
Antelope Valley AQMD 
43301 Division Street, Suite 206 
Lancaster, CA 93535

AB 2766 Funds

Assembly Bill 2766 (Sher) authorized AVAQMD to impose up to a $4 motor vehicle registration fee per vehicle licensed within the State of California to provide funds for air districts to meet new responsibilities mandated under the California Clean Air Act (CCAA). AB 2766 states that the fees shall be used to support district operated planning, monitoring, enforcement and technical studies necessary to implement the CCAA. 
On July 20, 1999, the Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Program was established. A portion of the AB2766 funds allocated to the program creates a competitive grant pool that is used to fund other local projects that reduce emissions from mobile sources. 
Since the programs inception, AVAQMD has awarded close to 4.7 million dollars to creative and cost effective projects which reduce mobile source emissions in the District's boundaries.

Proposals/applications are accepted and evaluated in an ongoing basis.

GRANT Application & Disclosures.pdf

AB 923 Funds 

Assembly Bill 923 (Firebaugh) authorized AVAQMD to impose an additional $2 motor vehicle registration fee per vehicle licensed within the State of California to be used strictly for incentive-based emission reduction funding programs. AVAQMD began collection the AB 923 funds on October 1, 2005. Eligible project categories include: the Carl Moyer Program, the Lower Emission School Bus Replacement Program, an agricultural assistance program, light duty voluntary vehicle retirement program. 
For more information regarding funding opportunities provided by the AVAQMD; 

AB 923 School Bus Retrofit/Replacement Application

If you have questions regarding any of our incentive programs, please contact Julie McKeehan, Grants Analyst at (661) 723-8070 Ext. 28 or (redacted)


District Authorized Grant Programs Dealerships and Salvage Yards

List of Retailers and Salvage Yards.pdf