Now Open: EPA Clean School Bus Rebate Program

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Now Open: EPA Clean School Bus Rebate Program

Today, the EPA announced then opening of the $500 million Clean School Bus Rebate Program. This is the first funding opportunity under the $5 billion Clean School Bus Program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program will provide $250 million in rebates for zero-emission buses and $250 million for clean school buses, which are operated entirely or in part using an alternative fuel.

The program will prioritize school districts from high-need school districts and low-income areas, rural districts, and Tribal communities. EPA has created a list of school districts that will be prioritized for the program. This list does not include all eligible applicants, only those that are prioritized.

Here are the available resources to help navigate the program and application process:

The application window is open until August 19. EPA has been clear that there is no benefit to being the first in line or applying quickly. Once the window application closes, all applications will be placed in a single ordered list using a random number generator lottery process. EPA will then select applicants for funding based on prioritization.

A FAQ and additional resources are forthcoming. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.