TFCA Regional Fund

Learn more about the TFCA Regional Fund and Air-District-Sponsored Programs and explore funding opportunities for clean air vehicles and trip reduction projects.

The Air District is accepting public comments on the proposed updates to the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Regional Fund Policies for Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2020.

FYE 2020 TFCA Regional Fund Policies – Open for Public Comment (New)

The Air District has released for public comment the proposed Fiscal Year Ending 2020 updates for the Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund Policies. These updated policies will govern the award and use of TFCA funds for the FYE 2020 cycle.

Comments are being accepted online or by mail until 12:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Both a clean version and a redline version of the draft policies and evaluation criteria are available under the Resources Section below. Both versions also contain proposed Evaluation Criteria for each of the eligible project categories.

Comments may be submitted online, emailed to , or sent by mail. If submitting comments by email, please use the subject line, “Draft FYE 2020 TFCA Regional Policies.”

To submit comments online, please use the following link: 

Online Comment Form

Submit Comments

To submit comments through the mail, please address comments to:

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Strategic Incentives Division
Attn: Ken Mak

375 Beale St., Suite 600 
San Francisco, CA 94105

Note: to ensure that comments are properly recorded, we encourage interested parties to submit comments using the above methods rather than through the webinar.

A public workshop will be held via webinar to discuss the proposed updates for FYE 2020. Registration is required for participation in the webinars. Early registration is encouraged, as the webinars are limited to 100 attendees and the necessary webinar software must be properly installed. Please register using the links below.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (Register)

Based on the public comments received, staff will revise the proposed updates to the FYE 2020 policies, which are tentatively scheduled for consideration by the Air District Board of Directors in June 2019. Following approval of the proposed updates, the Air District will begin announcing funding opportunities for the FYE 2020 cycle.

Background

Vehicle emissions contribute to unhealthy levels of ozone, also known as "smog," and particulate matter.

In the Bay Area, tailpipe emissions from the transportation sector account for approximately 40 percent of the criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gases, or GHGs, emitted. Significant emissions reductions from the on-road transportation sector are key to helping the Bay Area attain state and federal ambient air quality standards and GHG emission reduction targets.

In 1991, the California State Legislature authorized the Air District to impose a $4 surcharge on cars and trucks registered within the Air District’s jurisdiction to provide grant funding to eligible projects that reduce on-road motor vehicle emissions. Forty percent of this funding is passed through to the designated agencies of the nine bay area counties through the County Program Manager Fund and is awarded by these agencies to TFCA-eligible projects located within those counties. Sixty percent of TFCA funds are awarded by the Air District through the TFCA Regional Fund, and to eligible programs implemented directly by the Air District, referred as Air-District-sponsored programs.

Each year, the Air District's Board of Directors approves the allocation of new TFCA funds for the eligible project categories and the updates to the policies that govern the use of the funds through the TFCA Regional Fund. On April 3, 2019, the Board approved the allocation of $14 million in new TFCA revenue that will be available in FYE 2020.

TFCA funds are made available by the Air District through grant programs on a first-come, first-served or competitive basis. While public agencies are eligible to apply to all TFCA grant programs, private entities are only eligible to apply for funds for vehicle-based projects from TFCA.  

Eligible project categories include:

  • Trip reduction projects (for public agencies only) – the operation of commuter shuttle and ridesharing services, and pilot trip reduction projects.
  • Clean air vehicles and infrastructure projects (for all entities) – the purchase or lease of new alternative fuel vehicles and the installation or construction of alternative fuel infrastructure.
  • Bicycle facilities projects (for public agencies only) - the construction of new bikeways, and the installation of new bike parking facilities, e.g., lockers and racks.

TFCA projects are evaluated on the basis of their effectiveness at reducing criteria pollutant emissions from on-road mobile sources and other criteria described in the application guidance released when a TFCA grant program is open to accept applications for a project category. TFCA funded projects are required to undergo a fiscal audit following completion. Reports on project effectiveness and the audit results are reviewed annually by the Air District’s Board of Directors and made available to the public.

 How to Apply

Solicitations for each project-category are issued in phases throughout the year and may be either competitive or non-competitive (first come, first served). Guidance and application materials for each project category are available via the webpage links shown below:

Resources

 
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