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In 2007, Mecklenburg County Air Quality launched an innovated air quality improvement program called
Engines or GRADE. GRADE is designed to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), an ozone forming air pollutant, by providing businesses and organizations funding incentives to replace or repower heavy-duty non-road equipment with newer, cleaner, less polluting engines.
Since its inception, GRADE has funded over 332 projects and awarded over $7 million. These projects have reduced over 1,174 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region. Visit our Interactive GRADE Story Map or watch the GRADE video for more information.
To apply, complete a GRADE application (.pdf and .xlsx). The application deadline is March 31, 2023.
Questions? We have you covered! Review the GRADE Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, or checkout our Interactive GRADE Story Map to learn more about the GRADE program and other projects in your area.
Please contact Sheldon Turner at 704-650-8092 for additional assistance or questions.
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Get Started with GRADE: Learn the four-step GRADE process and start completing your application.
Project Summary: Read about current projects and past successes in this quarterly report.
Regional Results: See a map of GRADE's regional impact.
Receive Notifications: Join our email distribution list so you will be notified when grant funding is available.
Report Semi-annual Usage On-line.
For more information, contact Mecklenburg County Air Quality at 704-336-5430.