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Grants to California School Districts to Improve
the Environment in Eligible Regions

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San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)

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Grants to California school districts to improve the environment in eligible regions. Funding is intended to reduce toxic air contaminants and exposure to pollution by replacing school transportation vehicles. Funding is intended to reduce emissions from public school vehicles by switching to new, low-emitting buses. Priority will be given to alternative fuel buses including electricity. The school district and its school buses shall be based and operate within the geographic boundaries of San Luis Obispo County.

While diesel-fueled buses are primarily targeted for replacement, gasoline-fueled buses that do not include an original-equipment catalytic converter are also eligible. Existing school buses to be replaced must be dismantled within 60 days of receipt of the new bus.

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GrantWatch ID#: 136935

Estimated Size of Grant:

School bus projects are typically eligible for 100% funding; however, awards are limited by availability of funds and the following state funding caps:
- $165,000 for diesel-powered replacement buses;
- $220,000 for optional low-NOx (CNG) or hybrid powered replacements.

Term of Contract:

The term of the Grant Agreement will be at least three (3) years from the date that the new school bus is put into service, and will require the applicant to perform record keeping and reporting.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public school districts that own their ow buses are eligible to receive funding; this also includes Joint Power Authorities (JPAs) formed by several public school districts where the JPA holds ownership of the school buses.

School transportation contractors are not eligible to apply for school bus replacement funding. Also, school buses purchased by non-profit agencies, private schools, and other private companies are not eligible for funding.

The eligibility criteria for existing school buses to be replaced and for new replacement school buses can be found at

Existing Bus Requirements and Replacement Bus Requirements can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Two-Part Application Process:
1. APCD will employ a two-part application process for school bus projects. Please complete the attached application form and return it to APCD with copies of the REG 292 card(s) for the old bus by April 1, 2020. A dealer quotation is not required for this portion of the application.
2. If your project is chosen for funding, we will send you part B of the application to complete and return to APCD with additional documentation, including a dealer quote.

The application is reviewed by APCD staff upon receipt. If the application is deemed incomplete, the applicant will be notified by mail and will have the opportunity to correct and re-submit their application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to the APCD:

San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District
Attn.: Vince Kirkhuff
Lower Emission School Bus Program
3433 Roberto Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Please contact Vince Kirkhuff at 805.781.4247 or with any questions regarding this program.

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