Off-Road Equipment

Air District funding is available to help upgrade or replace mobile, stationary, and portable off-road equipment.

How to Apply

Before applying, review our Apply for Funding web page to see which project categories are open. Complete applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been awarded. The application due date has been extended until 5:00 PM on April 11, 2024. Only complete applications will be evaluated. 

Eligible Project Types

  • Equipment Replacement: Replace existing equipment with the cleanest available equipment, including alternative fuel and zero-emissions equipment.
  • Equipment Repower: Replace an old, existing engine with a newer emission-certified engine, including alternative fuel and zero-emissions engines.
  • Retrofit Purchase: Install an emission control device on an existing engine.
  • Infrastructure projects: Install or expand electric or alternative fuel infrastructure to power off-road equipment.

Eligible equipment types include, but are not limited to, off-road loaders, excavators, dozers, transport refrigeration units, generators, portable and stationary engines, and forklifts with a lift capacity of less than or equal to 8,000 pounds.

Applicants seeking funding for forklifts with a lift capacity of at least 8,001 pounds, port cargo handling equipment (CHE), and airport ground support equipment (GSE) must apply for funding through the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust. This program closed on February 28, 2024.

Key Eligibility Criteria

  • Off-road projects must operate at least 75 percent of the time within the Air District’s boundaries. Equipment must operate or be domiciled in a Disadvantaged (SB 535), Low-Income (AB 1550), or AB 617 Community to be considered eligible for funding. Contact Air District staff if you have questions as to whether your fleet operates within these priority areas.  
    • AB617 communities are: 
      • West Oakland
      • East Oakland
      • Richmond-San Pablo
      • Bayview-Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco 
  • Public and private entities are eligible.
  • Existing equipment must be operational, at least 25 horsepower, owned by the applicant for at least two years, and must have a functional hour meter reader.
  • Funding cannot be used for upgrades or equipment purchases that are already required by an existing regulation, local ordinance, or contract.
  • Applicants must submit an application, be awarded, and enter into a funding agreement with the Air District prior to starting their projects. Projects that have started (e.g., placing an order or deposit) prior to the funding agreement being signed by all parties will be disqualified.
  • Applicants applying for funding must document current compliance with all applicable regulations. Questions about CARB regulations or compliance should be directed to CARB staff at 1-800-242-4450 or

Complete information about project requirements and eligibility criteria is available in the documents located in the resources section on this page.


Additional funding opportunities may be available. If you are applying for Air District funding and pursuing additional funding, please note this in your application. The following are other funding opportunities available for off-road equipment projects.


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Last Updated: 9/29/2022