Grants Available for Air Quality Improvement Projects
PALM DESERT – Nonprofit organizations, tribes, school districts and other government agencies with ideas for enhancing air quality in the Coachella Valley can apply for up to $50,000 for their projects.
A total of $400,000 is available to allocate to air pollution reduction projects in the Coachella Valley. Examples of potential projects include, but are not limited to: paving of dirt roads, purchase of compressed natural gas vehicles, dust control, installation of electric vehicle charging, and street sweeping.
“This is an opportunity to fund projects that improve our valley’s environment and make our air cleaner to breathe, for our communities, families and children,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I encourage local organizations to submit a variety of innovative proposals for consideration.”
The projects will be funded by the Colmac Air Quality Enhancement Fund, an annual payment made to the county to resolve litigation over the construction of a biomass energy plant near the Mecca community. The fund is administered by the Riverside County Purchasing and Fleet Services Department.
Applications are available on the department’s Web site, www.purchasing.co.riverside.ca.us. Applications must include documentation of the project’s expected air quality benefits. Proposals are due no later than 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.
For more information, contact Steven Horn, principal management analyst for the Riverside County Executive Office, at 951-955-1110.