Incentive Programs

Old Car Buy Back Program

Carl Moyer Program

Lower Emission School Bus Program

Clean Air Fund

Electric Vehicle Rebates


Chuck Thomas, Manager (805) 645-1427


Stan Cowen, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1408

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



Old Car Buy Back Incentive Program

Ventura County APCD old car buy back program will pay you $1,000 to voluntarily retire your 1995 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 Program

The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is an incentive program offered jointly by the California Air Resources Board 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.


Since 1999 the program has awarded over $37 million to Ventura County businesses. On November 8, 2016, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board approved 45 new Carl Moyer Program grants totaling $3,932,419. The grants help owners of heavy-duty diesel equipment upgrade to new lower-polluting equipment. 2016 was the 18th year the District administered this program. Information on the grants awarded to Ventura County businesses can found here:


The District is now accepting Year 19 grant applications. Application forms can be downloaded below.


The deadline for submitting grant applications is July 14, 2017. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board will consider all grant requests at their October or November public meeting.


Approximately $2.5 million will be available to fund projects in Ventura County in 2017. Eligible projects include the following:

  • Repower model year 2005 and newer agricultural irrigation and water well pumps with electric motors or Final Tier 4 diesel engines. Pumps with model year 2004 and older engines are no longer eligible for grant funding.
  • Repower commercial fishing boats with new lower emission engines.
  • Replace farm tractors and construction equipment with new lower emission equipment.
  • Repower farm tractors, construction equipment, and locomotives with new lower emission engines.


As a reminder, the following restrictions implemented in 2015 are still in effect:

  1. If the hour meter on a farm tractor is not currently working or was replaced or repaired after July 14, 2015 (two years before the current deadline), the tractor is not eligible for funding in 2017.
  2. No single grantee or group of grantees under common control shall be granted more than $400,000 in 2017. The APCO can make an exception for cases where a single piece of equipment costs more than $400,000 to replace or repower.


Grant application forms for 2017 are posted below. Please call or email Tyler Harris, Air Quality Engineer, at (805) 645-1407;, for additional information. Information is also available at these links:



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 Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.


Clean Air Fund Committee Meetings


Lower Emission School Bus Program


On March 9, 2010, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $131,291 for the replacement of one diesel school bus for Rio School District and $131,305 for the replacement of one diesel school bus for Simi Valley Unified School District.

On January 12, 2010, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $259,626 for the replacement of two diesel school buses with lower emission diesel buses for Pleasant Valley School District, and approved $1,044,562 for the replacement of eight diesel school buses with lower emission diesel buses for Ventura Unified School District.

On November 11, 2008, the Air Pollution Control Board approved $ $3,440,902 for school bus grants including bus replacements and retrofits. All applications for eligible retrofits were awarded. School bus replacements were awarded to replace the oldest school buses, Model Year 1981 and older, based on criteria from ARB guidelines. The Board Letter for this award may be downloaded below. The remainder of the Proposition 1B school bus grant funds will be awarded in the fall of 2009.

On June 5, 2008, staff held a public workshop with local school districts to explain the proposed grant program. Pre-1977 school bus replacements will be provided first priority, and twenty-five percent of funds will be reserved for school bus retrofits. The Air Resource Board has proposed regulations that may require that Level 3 particulate control devices be installed on 1987 and newer school buses. Those school districts not awarded retrofit grants may be required to install these controls at their own expense.

On May 13, 2008, the Air Pollution Control Board approved participation in the 2008-2010 Lower Emission School Bus Grant Program and accepted the $5 million grant award applicable for both school bus replacements and retrofits. This state funding originally resulted from the 2006 voter approval of Proposition 1B, but funding has been replaced using bond funds from the federal 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act bonds.

No co-funding will be required for pre-1977 school bus replacements, all school bus retrofits, or alternative-fueled school bus replacements meeting 2010 emission standards. Because of projections of very lean budgets for school districts, the $25,000 co-funding per school bus was decreased to $10,000 for 1977 through 1986 school bus replacements upon recommendation of the APCD Standing Committee on June 10, 2008. The Lower Emission School Bus Grant Program will follow state guidelines which can be accessed at the following link:

Contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 if you have any questions about the program.