Learn what you need in order to set up a Clean Air Center.

Applicant must be a public agency that either owns the property where the Clean Air Center will be installed or that can provide evidence (e.g. lease agreement) from the property owner showing that the applicant is allowed to install and operate a Clean Air Center.

More details on eligibility can be found in the 2022 Clean Air Center Guidelines.

Facility Ventilation Upgrade

Location: The facility must be located in or near disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area.

Certification: Upgrades must be performed or overseen by a licensed professional with expertise in HVAC equipment installation, maintenance, and performance assessment.

Portable Air Cleaner

Certification: Portable air cleaners must be certified by the California Air Resources Board for sale and use in California and equipped with a HEPA filter. A list of eligible portable air cleaners is available on the California Air Resources Board website.

Air Filter Replacement

Certification: Air filters must have a MERV rating of 13 or greater or be HEPA certified.


Historically Underserved Communities

The Air District has defined Historically Underserved Communities as census tracts that fall in the top 30 percent of CalEnviroScreen’s Percentile Score. CalEnviroScreen is a screening tool used to help identify communities disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution and with population characteristics that make them more sensitive to pollution.

View a list of Bay Area’s CalEnviroScreen top 30 percent census tracts.

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$3M of the $5M from AB 836 was allocated to the Air District. Each county can receive up to the pre-determined amount of funding specified in the Clean Air Center Guidelines. Applicants are required to identify location of facility and project type. 

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Areana Flores
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415.610.1684 aflores@baaqmd.gov

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Last Updated: 2021/12/13