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.


Public comment period open for TFCA Regional Fund Policies for FYE 2021 until February 26, 2020, and webinars scheduled for January 21, February 5, and February 18, 2020.


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. The statutory authority for the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, or TFCA, and requirements of the program are set forth in California Health and Safety Code Sections 44241 and 44242. 

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 considers the allocation of new TFCA funds and the proposed updates to the policies. Solicitations and Call for Projects are issued following the Board’s approval.

The remaining 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.

Public comment period open for TFCA Regional Fund Policies for FYE 2021

Every fiscal year since the TFCA program began in 1991, the Air District has updated the TFCA Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria. As an initial step to updating the policies for the next fiscal year, the Air District is currently accepting public comments for the development of the TFCA Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria for Fiscal Year Ending 2021, or “FYE 2021 Policies.”

Based on input from stakeholders, Air District staff will prepare a final draft of the proposed FYE 2021 Policies for consideration by the Air District’s Board of Directors at a meeting that is tentatively scheduled for June 2020. The adopted FYE 2021 Policies will govern the use of the TFCA funds from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The draft revisions to FYE 2020 Policies and Evaluation Criteria for the FYE 2021 is available in the “Resources” section below.


Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend a webinar before submitting comments. 

Three webinars have been scheduled to provide background on the TFCA program, review the current fiscal year policies, discuss initial proposed updates, review the public comment process and the timeline, and obtain stakeholder feedback. 

Please note that registration is required for participation in the webinars and early registration is encouraged as the webinars are held online and limited to 100 attendees

  • Webinar 1: January 21, 2020, from 2PM to 3PM PST (Register)
  • Webinar 2: February 5, 2020, from 10AM to 11AM PST (Register
  • Webinar 3: February 18, 2020, from 2PM to 3PM PST (Register)

How to Submit Comments

The deadline for receiving comments is February 26, 2020, by 4:00PM PST.

Comments may be submitted through the Regional Fund Online Public Comment Form or by mail to:

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Strategic Incentives Division/TFCA
Attn: Chengfeng Wang, Air Quality Program Manager
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Board Approved TFCA Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria for FYE 2020

On June 5, 2019, following a public comment period, the Air District's Board of Directors approved proposed updates to the TFCA Regional Fund Policies and Evaluation Criteria for FYE 2020. A copy of the approved policies can be downloaded from the “Resources” section below.

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