Public Fleets & School Buses

The objective of the Public Fleet Workgroup is to share information and seek funding assistance for a variety of heavy-duty public fleet emission reduction projects, including: exhaust retrofits, on-highway vehicle and nonroad equipment replacement, and low emission alternative fuel deployment. For information on WCC projects in this sector, please visit our projects page.

Sector Calls and Meetings

WCC Public Fleet Workgroup sessions (archives) are conducted on an ad hoc basis, and are announced via the WCC email listserv. Please sign up for the WCC email listserv, or update existing listserv preferences and subscriptions.

Public Fleet Resources

Clean School Bus Announcement: Biden-Harris Administration Will Double Clean School Bus Rebate Awards to Nearly $1 Billion

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would nearly double the funding awarded for clean school buses this year following increased demand, with school districts from all 50 states applying for the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. This is the first round of funding from the EPA Clean School Bus Program, which President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law created with a historic $5 billion investment for low- and zero-emission school buses over the next five years.

In May, EPA had announced the availability of $500 million, but given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA is nearly doubling the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million.

EPA will move swiftly to review applications submitted and expects to issue a robust slate of awards in October of 2022. This is the first of several funding opportunities for the multi-year Clean School Bus Program. EPA anticipates running both a grant competition and another rebate program in 2023. The agency encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides EPA with an unprecedented $5 billion opportunity to fund the replacement of older school buses with new zero- and low-emissions buses over a five-year period and jump-start the transition to zero emission in our schools. For more information, visit the EPA Clean School Bus Program website.

NEED FUNDING TO UPGRADE YOUR OLD DIESEL SCHOOL BUS?

Clean School Bus Program

What is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Clean School Bus Program?

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides $5 billion over five years for the replacement of existing school buses with low-and zero-emission school buses. The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates offer $500 Million to eligible entities for the replacement of existing school buses with low-and zero-emission school buses. Under the Clean School Bus Program, half of the available funding is dedicated for zero-emission school buses and half is for clean school buses.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Eligible entities include:

Where can I learn more about this program? More information can be found at Clean School Bus Program Funding | US EPA.

EPA DERA School Bus Rebates

What is the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebate program?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has available funding for projects that reduce emissions from old diesel school buses. The DERA School Bus Rebates provide funds to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses will receive a rebate of $20,000-$65,000 per bus depending on the fuel type of the replacement bus.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Eligible entities include regional, state, local, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including public school districts and municipalities.

Where Can I Learn More About This program?

More information can be found at www.epa.gov/dera/rebates.

OTHER FUNDING FOR SCHOOL BUSES

PROGRAM FUNDING SOURCE MAX PER BUS STACKING NOTES
DERA – School Bus Rebates Federal $65,000 Local and State – yes Is awarded through a lottery system
DERA - National Federal 45% of cost Local and State – yes Requires a public agency sponsor
Clean School Bus Program Federal $375,000 Local and State - yes The maximum rebate amount per bus is dependent on Bus Fuel Type, Bus Size, and Whether the school district served by the buses meets one or more prioritization criteria.
HVIP State $210,000 Local and Federal – yes Requires an executed, binding PO to submit; must work with an approved dealer
BAAQMD Carl Moyer Program State $400,000 Local, State and Federal – yes Currently has a cost effectiveness cap of $276,230 per weighted ton
California VW Program for Buses State $400,000 or 75% of cost Local and Federal – yes Currently not available for school buses; funding remains for transit and shuttle buses and timing for school bus funding is unknown
Idaho DEQ– Vehicle Replacement Program Settlement Funding Between 25% and 45% rebate Non-stackable Rebate amount is dependent on new vehicle technology selected and whether participant is Government or Non-Government.
Utilizes state and national DERA grants and VW funding for the VRP. The VW settlement funding is a settlement fund and is not considered state or federal funding
Oregon DEQ - Diesel School Bus Replacement Program State 100% of costs for exhaust controls, or up to $50,000 or 30% of replacement cost Local and State - Yes VW funds are eligible to be stacked with local and state dollars however they are subject to limitations that do not allow them to be stacked with DERA funding

FUNDING STACKING *

PROGRAM STACKING POTENTIAL
DERA – School Bus Rebate (Federal) HVIP (State)
BAAQMD Carl Moyer Program (State)
California VW Program for Buses (State)
DERA – National (Federal) HVIP (State)
BAAQMD Carl Moyer Program (State)
California VW Program for Buses (State)
HVIP (State) DERA – School Bus Rebate (Federal)
DERA – National (Federal)
BAAQMD Carl Moyer Program (State) DERA – School Bus Rebate (Federal)
DERA – National (Federal)
California VW Program for Buses (State) DERA – School Bus Rebate (Federal)
DERA – National (Federal)

*NOTE: Always check program guidelines for additional funding stacking restrictions

EPA Region 9 State-Specific Clean School Bus Program Webinars

EPA Clean School Bus Webinar Series: Utilities and Schools

Arizona: Video Recording | Presentation Slides (pdf)

California: Video Recording | Presentation Slides (pdf)

Nevada: Video Recording | Presentation Slides (pdf)

EPA Clean School Bus Webinar Series: Deployment Considerations

Clean School Bus & DERA Insular Areas Funding Programs Webinar

Highlighted Past Events Related to the Clean School Bus Program

Electric and Clean School Bus Rebates

Electric School Buses & the EPA Clean School Bus Program

School Bus Electrification: State Policy Options

Zero-Emission and Clean School Bus Rebate Program Now Open!

Electric School Bus Webinar Series: EV Fleet Experiences and Lessons Learned

WRI's Electric School Buses: Stories from the Field

EPA's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Clean School Bus Program Webinar