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AB 836 Clean Air Centers Program

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The Clean Air Centers Pilot Program was established by Assembly Bill 836, which provided funding to create Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations and establish a network of publicly accessible facilities with high-efficiency air filtration systems for valley residents who may not otherwise have access to clean air during wildfire events.

For further background information on AB 836, please click here: Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Center Grant.

Program Process

  1. Submit one Form A1 per Legal Entity and also complete a separate Form A2 for each location that is desired as a clean air center, during the open application solicitation period
  2. District staff reviews applications for eligibility, ranks projects by the criteria listed in section III Program Priority of these guidelines
  3. Selected applications are offered contracts and upon obtaining all signature, the contract is executed
  4. Applicants, with executed contracts, make purchases and/or receive delivery of selected portable devices. Final invoices submitted to the District for payment
  5. Applicants operate and maintain devices at the Clean Air Centers and submit annual usage reports to the District during the 5 year project life

Applicant Workshops

The District hosted a public workshop to present, discuss, and receive community feedback on the Clean Air Centers Pilot Program. Attendance at this workshop is NOT a requirement for submitting an application.

Watch the presentation Power Point Presentation

For additional information, please contact program staff by email grants@valleyair.org or phone (559) 230-5800 (subject line must indicate Clean Air Centers and your name).

Applications currently being accepted

Should funding remain available following the close of this solicitation period, a sixth solicitation period will open


A complete listing of eligibility requirements can be found in the program guidelines.


  • Public Entities – include, but are not limited to, schools and libraries.
  • Private Entities – include, but are not limited to, community centers, senior centers and sports centers.

Facility Location

Facilities must be located in or serve a community that meets the following three (3) criteria:

  1. Cumulative Smoke Burden – Located in an area with multiple days at or above “Unhealthy” category of AirNow Air Quality Index (or AirQuality Index value of 151 or higher) due to wildfire smoke in the past 5 years.
  2. Proximity to vulnerable populations – Located in or serve a vulnerable community that meets the conditions outlined in Section II A in the Program Guidelines.
  3. Facility – Must provide access to the public as a clean air shelter during wildfires and other smoke events.

All projects must be located within the boundaries of the District


The District will identify qualified applicants based upon the scoring criteria established by this program. Selected applicants will be funded based on the following maximum percentage of eligible costs.

Type of Equipment Funding Amount
Portable Air Cleaners & Replacement Filters* Up to 100%
*Funding is provided to purchase the number of air filters panels sufficient to last up to 5 years.