Prevent nonattainment grants

If air quality in a geographic area meets or is cleaner than the national standard, it is called an “attainment area.” If air quality in an area doesn't meet the national standard, it is called a “nonattainment area.” A nonattainment area must develop an air quality state implementation plan outlining how they will attain and maintain the air quality standards by reducing emissions from criteria air pollutants. Currently, almost all of Washington is in attainment, yet there are areas of concern.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $2 million
  • Grant award limit: None
  • Amount of matching funds required: None

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

This funding opportunity was available to public entities with projects in statewide areas of concern for nonattainment for all criteria air pollutants.

Funding is available for the following entities:

  • City/town
  • County
  • State agency
  • Port
  • Clean air agency
  • Local health jurisdiction
  • Public utility district
  • Conservation district
  • Not-for-profit entity

Projects aimed at reducing the following criteria air pollutants:

Eligible projects:

  • Direct pollution prevention projects which provide measurable emissions reductions of criteria air pollutants.
  • Community outreach and education may be tasks to support the project, but should not be the primary scope of work.
  • See the funding guidelines for examples.

Ineligible projects:

  • Wildfire smoke topics (Wildfire is managed by Department of Natural Resources. It is also excluded from nonattainment determination as an exceptional event.)
  • Wood stove replacement (funded by Wood Smoke Reduction Grants)
  • Air monitoring
  • Large diesel/fleet conversions (funded by Clean Diesel Grants)
  • Vehicle charging stations

More information about this funding program