New EPA Rebate Program for School Buses

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New EPA Rebate Program for School Buses

Want some new clean school buses? Here’s your chance to get them! As part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was signed into law in 2021, the EPA was granted $5 billion over 5 years to encourage the electrification of school bus fleets. The EPA is in the process of beginning to roll out the $1b that is available to districts, contractors, and tribes over the next few months and they released a quick PowerPoint presentation that details the basics of the rebate program.

First, the program funding is divided into two halves: zero-emission buses and alternative-fueled buses. Districts can apply for rebates for either program as long as they are replacing current diesel-fueled school buses. 

Second, the application process will prioritize bus rebates for districts in high needs school districts and rural and low-income areas. 

Third, they plan to open the application window in late April and districts will have 3 months to apply for rebates, but there are steps you can take now to get your application ready for the portal. Details are here: https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/prepare-clean-school-bus-funding.