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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 300 projects and awarded
$6.6 million. These projects have reduced over 710 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region. Watch the award-winning
GRADE video for more information.
$500,000 is available to help fund heavy-duty, diesel on-road vehicle and eligible nonroad equipment replacement projects. Learn more and complete your application:
GRADE Application Excel PDF
July 2018 Guidelines PDF
Frequently Asked Questions PDF
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
Jennifer Fickler or 980-314-3362.