Incentive Programs

Old Car Buy Back Program

Carl Moyer, FARMER, and Clean Air Protection Incentive Programs

Lower Emission School Bus Program

Clean Air Fund

Electric Vehicle Rebates


Ali Ghasemi, Manager (805) 645-1427


Tyler Harris, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1407

Danny McQuillan, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1432

Miles Bergeson, Air Quality Specialist (805) 645-1425



Old Car Buy Back Incentive Program

Ventura County APCD old car buy back program will pay you $1,000 to voluntarily retire your 1997 or older car, pick-up truck, van, or SUV. Funding of this program is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until this year’s grant funds are depleted.


Motor vehicles produce more than half of the air pollution in Ventura County. Removing older, high-emitting vehicles from the roadways helps clean up the air.


To qualify for the buy back program, vehicles must be operational and registered in Ventura County and additional eligibility requirements apply. To find out if your car qualifies, go to the Ventura County link on the Old Car Buy Back website: or call the Old Car Buy Back Hotline: (800) 717-7624.


APCD is required by state regulations to offer to sell any eligible vehicle to the public and hold the vehicle for a minimum of 10 days during which the vehicle will be made available for public inspection prior to dismantling. The Dismantler shall extend the waiting period for a minimum of 7 additional days if contacted by any person interested in the vehicle. A link to the available inventory of eligible vehicles may be found on the upper right hand corner of the Ventura County APCD page, which is linked to


An advertisement for this program may be downloaded below.



Carl Moyer, FARMER, and Clean Air Protection Incentive Programs

TThe Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is an incentive program offered jointly by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California’s local air districts. The program provides grants for cleaner-than-required engines and equipment to help improve air quality in California. The grants are administered by the local air districts. The program is named after the late Dr. Carl Moyer in recognition of his work in the air quality field and his efforts in bringing about this incentive program. In 2019, the District will also administer two additional incentive programs with structures similar to the Carl Moyer Program.


Initiated in 2018, the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program is a new grant program developed by CARB to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 109 (Ting, Chapter 249, Statutes of 2017) and AB 134 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 254, Statutes of 2017), signed by Governor Brown in September 2017. The legislature has allocated $112 million from the State Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 to CARB for the FARMER Program to reduce criteria, toxic, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector. The Legislature directed the use of the monies to “reduce agricultural sector emissions by providing grants, rebates, and other financial incentives for agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.”


Also initiated in 2018, the Community Air Protection (CAP) Program is a new grant program developed by CARB to implement AB 134 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 254, Statutes of 2017) and AB 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017). The legislature has allocated $289 million of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds through the State Budget for FY 2017-18 to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the CAP Program, with a portion of that funding going towards the incentive program. The Legislature directed the use of the monies to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution.


Since 1999, the Carl Moyer Program has awarded over $42 million to businesses operating in Ventura County. On December 11, 2018, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board approved 19 new Carl Moyer Program grants totaling $2,587,138. With allied programs included (FARMER, CAP, and Voluntary NOx Remediation Measure), the total amount of clean air incentive grants approved for fiscal year 2017-18 was $4,562,319. The grants help owners of heavy-duty diesel equipment upgrade to new, lower-polluting equipment. 2018 was the 20th year the District administered the Carl Moyer Program. Information on the grants awarded to Ventura County businesses can found here:



The District is now accepting 2019 Ventura County Combined Clean Air Incentive Program grant applications!


The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 12, 2019. Depending on scheduling, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board will consider all grant requests at their October 8, 2019 or November 12, 2019 public meeting.

Approximately $5.7 million is available to fund projects in Ventura County this year. The District has prepared application forms that will be used for all three grant programs, and projects will be assigned to each program based on qualifying criteria. Eligible projects include the following:


• Repower model year 2007 and newer agricultural irrigation and water well pumps with electric motors or Final Tier 4 diesel engines. Pumps with model year 2006 and older engines are no longer eligible for grant funding.

• Repower commercial fishing boats with new, lower-emission engines.

• Repower farm tractors, construction equipment, and locomotives with new, lower-emission engines.

• Replace farm tractors, construction equipment, and locomotives with new, lower-emission equipment.

• Replace emergency vehicles (such as fire trucks) with new, lower-emission equipment.

• Replace heavy duty diesel trucks domiciled in a disadvantaged community with new, zero-emission (electric) trucks or trucks powered by low NOx engines certified to a 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx standard.

• New, conversion of existing, or expansion to battery charging/alternative fueling stations.

• Infrastructure projects other than battery charging or alternative fueling stations.


Grant application forms are posted below. Please email or call Tyler Harris, Air Quality Engineer, at or (805) 645-1407 for additional information. Information is also available at these links:


The Ventura County FARMER Program and CAP Program are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.


Clean Air Fund

The Clean Air Fund was created by a donation from the 3M Company. The Clean Air Fund Advisory Committee reviews all grant proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the Air Pollution Control Board. We are currently accepting proposals for projects that reduce air pollutant emissions. In the past, Clean Air Fund grants were used for the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, Electric Lawn Mower Trade-in Program, the Commercial Leaf Blower trade-in program, and Electric Vehicle Charging Station grants. Contact Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432.


2018 Clean Air Fund Project: Conversion of Landscaping Equipment from Gasoline to Battery Electric


On June 20, 2017, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board approved a grant award to the City of Ojai to convert gasoline-powered landscaping equipment to battery power for city park maintenance. This grant award for up to $60,000 will replace different types of equipment including leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, weed eaters, pruning chain saws, pruning pole saws, push mowers and a riding mower. The City of Ojai and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at downtown Libby Park on August 2, 2018, at 11 am to display and describe the newly acquired equipment. The press release may be downloaded below. In addition, the Air Resources Board has authored a fact sheet on the significant air pollution from small off-road engines (see ARB Attachment). For more information, contact Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432


Clean Air Fund Committee Meetings



Lower Emission School Bus Program (2017 CARL MOYER RESERVE FUNDING)



On June 20, 2017, the Air Pollution Control Board awarded $500,483 to assist with the purchase of eight school bus replacements at four local school districts. Ventura Unified School District received four new low-emission (0.2 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr) Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)) diesel buses, and Pleasant Valley School District received two new low emission buses. Moorpark Unified School District and Rio School District each received one school bus replacement grant. These grants were funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Carl Moyer Reserve Funds, and final project selection was performed by CARB staff. This program was designed to replace the older 1980s Crown school buses that cannot be retrofitted with diesel PM filters. The exemption from the On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulation for these school buses ended on January 1, 2017. Staff contacted all the public school districts in the county and requested grant applications for any qualifying school bus that was being used on a daily basis. School buses having the highest annual mileage were the most cost-effective replacement projects and were given priority for state funds.


Contact Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432 if you have any questions about the program.