West Oakland Zero Emission Grant Program

Learn about a program that will award grant funding to help accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and equipment operated in and around West Oakland and Oakland International Airport.


The West Oakland Zero-Emission Grant Program eligible area has been expanded to include the Oakland International Airport and the adjacent industrial areas. Please review the updated Program Guidance for full details on the eligible area. 

The Air District’s West Oakland Zero-Emission Grant Program will award up to $1 million in funding to help owners and operators pay for a portion of the cost of purchasing and deploying new on- and off-road zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure, and mobile and stationary equipment that will be operated and installed within the eligible area.

Examples of eligible new zero-emission vehicle and equipment include:

  • Battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including passenger cars, buses, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks;
  • Fully electric lawn and garden equipment;
  • Battery electric Transportation Refrigeration Units (TRUs);
  • Battery storage units and hydrogen fuel-cell technology to replace diesel generators.
  • Battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell off-road equipment such as ground support and cargo-handling equipment; and
  • Electric vehicle charging stations or hydrogen fueling stations.

Other types of vehicles and equipment may also be eligible if they can meet all program and application requirements.

Funding will be awarded to eligible projects on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit their complete applications as early as possible.

Applications will be accepted up until the deadline of 4 PM on June 30, 2019, or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

The Air District will evaluate applications received and applicants with eligible projects will be issued awards on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible applications received after funding has been exhausted may be placed on a contingency list in case additional funding becomes available later. Applicants who are selected for award must commit to own and operate the funded vehicles and equipment in the eligible for a minimum of five years.

Funding for the West Oakland Zero-Emission Grant Program is provided by a grant from the Reformulated Gasoline Settlement Fund. Created as the result of an antitrust class action, the purpose of the RFG Fund is to achieve clean air and fuel-efficiency benefits for California consumers.

Some types of projects may also be eligible for co-funding with other Air District, state, or federal grants. Applicants are responsible for covering all costs that are not covered by this grant. 

How to Apply

  1. Review the Program Guidance for complete eligibility and program information.
  2. Attend an application workshop to learn about the program and application process (this is highly encouraged).
  3. Apply – complete and submit the online application (see link below) along with all necessary attachments, then print and mail one copy of all documents and a completed W-9 form to the address below:

Apply to the West Oakland Zero-Emission Grant Program
 Apply Here 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
ATTN: SID/West Oakland Zero-Emission Grant Program
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104


The Air District will accept applications through 4 PM on June 30, 2019.

Workshops and Events

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-application webinar before submitting an application. Please note that registration is required to participate in a webinar, and early registration is encouraged as each webinar will be held online and is limited to 100 attendees. The webinars will cover program requirements, the application process, evaluation criteria, and the grantee/project sponsor’s administrative requirements. The following webinars have been scheduled:

  • Webinar: April 3, 2019, from 2PM to 3PM PDT (Register)
  • Webinar: May 9, 2019 from 2PM to 3PM PDT (Register)


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Last Updated: 3/26/2019