Air Quality Mitigation Program

Last Updated May 16th, 2022

Following a review of submitted Letters of Interest, HCBF has invited eligible applicants to submit a full application to the Request for Proposals. Full proposals from invited applicants are due by Monday, May 23, 2022.

We appreciate all organizations who submitted a Letter of Interest in response to the Round 2 of the Air Quality Mitigation Fund (AQMF) Program solicitation.

To received updates on the Air Quality Mitigation Fund Program, please join the AQMF mailing list or follow HCBF on our social media platforms.

Informational Webinar  

HCBF Staff have prepared a pre-recorded informational webinar to provide interested applicants with more information about the AQMF LOI requirements. The presentation slides and supplemental notes will be provided below.

About the Air Quality Mitigation Fund

The Air Quality Mitigation Fund (AQMF) provides approximately $5 million for projects to reduce port-related air emissions in the San Pedro Bay area. Projects funded by the AQMF must demonstrate achievable and quantifiable emissions reduction in San Pedro and Wilmington, within a 25-mile boundary of the San Pedro Bay. Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is seeking applications to award funding for demonstration or implementation zero emissions technologies, near-zero emissions technologies, or emission reduction technologies.

The AQMF was established through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF). In 2004, POLA set aside funding for air quality mitigation through a settlement associated with the approval of the China Shipping Container Terminal Project (China Shipping). Approximately $5 million of the China Shipping funds are available for projects to reduce Port-Related air emissions in nearby neighborhoods, especially the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. View the Press Release for more information.


November 2019, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved HCBF’s selection of Effenco Development Inc. to received Round 1 funding through the Air Quality Mitigation Program. Click here to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view a full list of questions from other potential AQMF applicants.

What is the Air Quality Mitigation Fund program?

The goal of AQMF Program is to implement programs, projects, and approaches that demonstrate port-related air emission reduction in the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington and other surrounding communities in the San Pedro Bay area. HCBF intends to support viable technology companies, so they not only reduce emissions throughout the duration of the project but also keep implementing those technologies and continually grow their businesses in the LA region. Achieving a high rate of success would mean that the technology companies would likely stay in the area after the completion of this program and continue reducing emissions. This would also contribute to job creation and economic development at both local and regional levels.

Does HCBF have a priority for AQMF funds?

HCBF is looking for zero emission, near zero emission, and emission reduction technologies, with special emphasis on zero emission technologies.

What types of projects or programs will be funded through the AQMF Program?

Projects may include the implementation and/or demonstration of freight movement technologies such as: hybrid or electric vehicles, zero or near-zero emissions cargo handling equipment, ship emissions reduction technologies, catenary truck technologies, zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions truck technologies, among others.

Projects funded by the AQMF are expected primarily to demonstrate achievable emissions reduction benefits in San Pedro and Wilmington, and within a 25-mile boundary of the San Pedro Bay (but benefits may also extend beyond the 25-mile boundary).

What projects are not eligible?

The project types not eligible for AQMF funding are listed below:

  • Technologies that are not applicable to port-related freight movement.
  • Fuel additives
  • Technologies in the conceptual or R&D phase.

Please read through the Evaluation Criteria for further specifications (Appendix A).

Do applicants need to be based in the US? Do they need to be based in CA?

Both, international and domestic companies are eligible. All projects require local (port-related) partners. Proposed technology must be compliant with US regulations.

Are submitted proposals confidential?

Please do not submit any confidential or proprietary information.

Proposals are subject to disclosure which means they may be made publicly available.

Usually proposals are not subject to disclosure until the process is over and we have made selections.

Confidential information contained in a proposal may be withheld from public disclosure. Confidential information generally consists of financial information, trademarked or patented processes, etc. In case it is necessary for proposers to include certain truly confidential information in their proposals, this information must be clearly marked as confidential. It is likely that it will not be subject to disclosure. However, we suggest not including confidential information in your proposal.

If the information that the applicant does not want revealed is not really confidential, we can withhold it during the vetting process. It means that we would not disclose the contents of any proposal until after the entire vetting process is complete and HCBF has made its decisions.

Is there a maximum amount for applicant?

No, there is no minimum or maximum for grant awards. The only limit is the amount we have available for this program, which is approximately $4.3 million. HCBF may award funding to multiple projects.

Will there be reporting requirements?

Yes. The reporting requirements will be detailed during the contract process following selection, but in general, reporting requirements will include updates on project status based on the scope of work, emissions reductions, cost effectiveness calculations, progress on budget, and other relevant raw data.

Where can I find resources to calculate emission reduction and co-benefits?

The following links provide resources on calculating emission reduction and co-benefits, including tools, methodology, data, and reporting templates. The list below is not exhaustive. We encourage potential applicants to do further research as applicable to the specific technology and site conditions.

Clean Air Action Plan Emission Reductions
Port of Los Angeles Annual Inventory of Air Emissions
Port of Long Beach Emissions Inventory Documents
AQMD Air Quality Data
California Air Resources Board resources for quantification methodologies and calculator tools
Emission Reduction Calculation Methodologies – General Instructions by Caltrans and Air Resources Board in the State of California

When will the RFP be released?

The Request for Proposals will be an invitation only process following Letter of Interest (LOI) submissions. RFP invites have been released.

Click HERE to view a full list of questions from other potential AQMF applicants.

Additional Questions & Contact Information

Your feedback is very important to us. Your comments and questions will help us not only to structure the outreach process better but also address any potential concerns you may have regarding the selection process and subsequent project demonstration and implementation. To provide feedback, please contact Meghan Reese and Tamanna Rahman (, or call us at (310) 997-7116.

You can also sign up for the AQMF mailing list by completing the AQMF Mailing List Signup Form. Those on the mailing list will receive AQMF Program notifications and other announcements.