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Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan


Get Your Applications In For Zero-Emission Freight & Marine Projects In California!

June 25th, 2020 by  

Public agencies and private businesses, ask your grant writers to get in motion and do the paperwork to submit your applications for zero-emission freight and marine projects. They are being accepted now and only until August 31, 2020. Don’t procrastinate if you are one of the interested parties. No one wants to let a good opportunity slip by. Here’s what we know about this funding opportunity to submit an application.

Funding Availability & Timeframe

Up to $35 million will be awarded to eligible projects in California. Also, special priority is going to be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged or low-income communities — as it should.

Another $35 million round of grants is planned for 2022, with the solicitation happening in the middle of the year.

If you are new to the Grants Portal, note that the portal “allows users to register and create a user account, create applications for grant funding, and conduct all required activities for previously awarded grant projects (e.g., submit reports and reimbursement requests).”

Start your application here!

Here’s more of the press release about the program, including a webinar tomorrow:

Eligibility and Key Requirements

Public agencies and private businesses are eligible to participate in this program.

Eligible projects include:

  • scrap and replace forklifts (with >8,000 lbs. lift capacity), airport ground support equipment (GSE) and port cargo handling equipment (CHE) with new zero-emission technologies;
  • repower ferries, tugboats, and towboats by scrapping and replacing marine engines with new zero-emission, all-electric or fuel-cell, technologies; and
  • install shore power at berths that serve ocean-going vessels.

Key project requirements include:

  • For replacement and repower projects, the old equipment must be scrapped (destroyed).
  • Funded equipment must be certified, verified, or otherwise approved by the U.S. EPA or CARB for operation in California.
  • Funded equipment must be domiciled in and operate in the State of California for the duration of its project life.
  • Funding recipients must report annually on operations for at least three years.

A complete description of the eligibility requirements, application instructions, evaluation criteria, and other requirements is available in the Guidance document located in the “Resources” section below.

Required Supporting Documentation

The following is a partial list of key supporting documentation that is needed for completing an application. A complete list of all information required to complete the application is available in the Guidance document.

For All Projects:

  • Documentation of general and property liability insurance;
  • Documentation demonstrating compliance with CARB regulations applicable to all equipment owned by the applicant;
  • Itemized quotes/costs for all proposed new equipment and infrastructure; and
  • Applicant W-9

Additionally, for Scrap and Replace/Repower Projects

  • Photos of existing equipment with engine tag(s);
  • Usage records for calendar year 2019;
  • CARB Executive Order(s) for the existing engine(s); and
  • CARB Executive Order(s) or approval letter for the new engines.

Additionally, for Shore Power Projects

  • Photos and an aerial map of the pier, harbor, or area where shore power system will be installed;
  • Ownership records showing ownership or guaranteed use of land;
  • Berth activity information for calendar year 2019; and
  • Estimated Timeline.

Pre-Application Webinars

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend at least one pre-application webinar that will give background on the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Program. Each webinar is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is required.

The webinars cover the program requirements, applicant eligibility, project eligibility, the application process, and how to use the online application system. The following webinars have been scheduled:

  • Friday, June 26, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM PDT (Register)
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2 PM to 3 PM PDT (Register)

Recordings of the webinars will be posted in the “Resources” section for on-demand viewing.


Click here to sign up for our mailing list to receive email notifications about this program.

All questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted in writing to CaliforniaVWTrust@baaqmd.gov.  Questions and answers will be compiled and posted under the “Resources” section. 


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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

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