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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Financial Assistance for Air Quality Improvements

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) is a non-regulatory agency created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1970. OAQDA's mission is to provide for the conservation of air as a natural resource of the state by preventing or abating air pollution. They accomplish this by helping finance air quality facilities for small and large businesses, utilities, government and universities.


OAQDA is committed to helping businesses obtain the most productive equipment in the most cost-effective ways possible to improve air quality and energy efficiency. In fact, many companies realize both tax savings and lower utility bills through their energy efficiency projects.

Within the OAQDA, the Clean Air Resource Center (CARC) helps small businesses (100 employees or less) find the most cost-effective ways to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. CARC recognizes the critical role of small businesses in Ohio’s economy and the financial challenges they may face while complying with environmental regulations. Primarily, the CARC offers the following services specifically for small business owners:

  • Tax incentives through conduit financing;
  • Small business grants to cover closing costs; and
  • Small business assistance with principal pay down.

In addition to financial assistance, the CARC also coordinates with Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) to help small businesses through the following technical assistance services:

  • One-on-one technical assistance via phone or email;
  • On-site visits to provide technical assistance;
  • Confidential assessments for compliance with environmental regulations; and
  • Assistance with environmental permitting.

It is easy to see if a project might qualify. All you need to do is call OAQDA at (800) 225-5051 or (614) 224-3383. More information is available from