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 currently seeking public comment on the draft Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria for Fiscal Year Ending 2019.  More information can be found in the FYE 2019 TFCA Regional Fund Policies section below.

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 its jurisdiction to be used to provide grant funding to eligible projects that reduce on-road motor vehicle emissions. The Air District allocates these funds to its Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program, which in turn provides funding to qualifying trip-reduction and alternative-fuel vehicle-based projects, including plug-in electric vehicles.

Sixty percent of TFCA funds are awarded by the Air District to eligible programs and projects through a grant program known as the Regional Fund, through various Air District sponsored programs and projects including Spare the Air, and through certain alternative-fuel vehicle-based and bicycle facility programs.

The remaining 40 percent of TFCA funds are passed through to the County Program Manager Fund and are awarded by the Congestion Management Agencies of the nine counties to TFCA-eligible projects located within those counties.

TFCA Regional Fund and Air District Sponsored Programs

TFCA Regional Fund and Air District Sponsored Program funding may be used to implement eligible projects that achieve reductions in criteria pollutant emissions from on-road mobile sources within the boundaries of the Air District’s jurisdiction.

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 bicycle ways, and the installation of new bike parking facilities, e.g., lockers and racks.

Each year, the Air District’s Board of Directors approves an allocation of new TFCA funds for eligible project categories, and then adopts corresponding policies for the TFCA Regional Fund and Air District Sponsored programs that govern the use of the funds. Solicitations and Call for Projects are issued following the allocation of funds and the adoption of TFCA policies.

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.

FYE 2019 TFCA Regional Fund Policies – Open for Public Comment (New)

The Air District is currently seeking public comment on the draft TFCA Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria for Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2019.  Based on stakeholders' input, a final draft of these Policies and Evaluation Criteria will be developed for consideration by the Air District’s Board of Directors in Spring of 2018.

The deadline for receiving comments has been extended until 12:00PM, Monday, April 9, 2018.

Both a clean version and a redline version of the draft policies and evaluation criteria are available below, under the Resources Section.

Comments may be emailed to or sent by mail to:

 

Strategic Incentives Division
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale St., Suite 600 
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please use the subject line, “Draft FYE 2019 TFCA Regional Fund Policies.”

A public workshop will be held via webinar to discuss the proposed updates to the TFCA Policies and Evaluation Criteria for FYE 2019. 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.

  • Register for the Wednesday, March 28, 2018, webinar from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Note: to ensure that comments are properly recorded, we encourage interested parties to submit comments by email or by mail rather than through the webinar.

 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

 
Spare the Air Status
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