Funding to Address Air Pollution at Schools

What does this funding get me?

This funding will create and run programs to:

  • Monitor and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities
  • Technical assistance to address environmental issues, develop school environmental quality plans, identify and mitigate ongoing air pollution hazards

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are a: 

  • State/Territorial Government
  • Inter-state agency
  • Local government
  • Indigenous Community 

How can I access the money?

More information should be forthcoming. Check back for updates!

What is the timeline?

EPA accepted comments on Air Quality Programs from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 18, 2023. More information forthcoming. 

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Clean School Bus Program

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at

Where can I get more information?

  • Docket for Public Comments [closed] 
  • IRA Tracker for Air Pollution Funding
  • Never applied for a federal grant before? Check out the EPA’s grant management training. 
  • The NC Clean Energy Technology Center provides technical assistance services related to clean transportation technologies. Click here for more information.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance (including technical assistance questions), contact Meech Carter at