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Greater Minnesota School Bus Replacement Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to
Replace Old Diesel School Buses in the Greater Minnesota Area

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

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08/13/19 4:30 PM CT


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and public entities, including local, tribal, and state governments, to replace old diesel school buses operating in Greater Minnesota. Priority will be given to areas with a higher concentration of people of color, tribal communities, and low-income residents. Greater Minnesota is defined as all counties excluding Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.

The grant reduces diesel emissions from older diesel engines to improve air quality and public health by removing older diesel buses and replacing them with new, cleaner buses. Projects funded will: 1) reduce diesel emissions in Greater Minnesota; 2) fund a variety of school buses across Greater Minnesota; and 3) fund a mixture of fuel technologies.

Eligible projects:
- “School Bus” shall mean a Class 4-8 (GVWR 14,001 pounds or higher) bus sold or introduced into interstate commerce for purposes that include carrying students to and from school or related events. May be Type A-D.
- Eligible school buses must be replaced with a school bus powered by a 2019 model year or newer certified diesel, natural gas, propane, electric-diesel hybrid, or all-electric engine.
- Eligible school buses for replacement must be:
- Model year 1992-2009
- Diesel powered
- Fully operational
- Currently using a minimum of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually in Minnesota.
- Not scheduled for replacement for at least three (3) years.
- All new buses must be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified for the specific application at the time of submission. All replacement vehicles purchased must be EPA-certified configurations.

Eligible costs are costs for the purchase of a new school bus powered by a 2019 model year or newer certified diesel, natural gas, propane, electric-diesel hybrid, or all-electric engine and applicable contractor costs. No other fees or charges are eligible for funding with this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186460

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award per school bus is $15,000 for most school districts. School buses that operate in school districts where 40% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch are eligible for a maximum of $20,000 per bus.

Eligible contractors may request up to 10% for administrative costs above the overall bus replacement grant amount requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For profit, nonprofit, and public entities, including state, local, and tribal governments that operate 1992 through 2009 model year diesel school buses in Greater Minnesota, are eligible applicants. Greater Minnesota is defined as all Minnesota counties except Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. While multi-organizational collaboration is allowed, no single entity may be a part of multiple applications. Only one organization may apply as a contractor on behalf of collaborators.

To qualify as a contractor:
- All bus replacement projects must be on the same application (one application per contractor)
- The contractor must represent at least three different bus owners
- The contractor is responsible for all contract oversight responsibilities as stated in grant agreement

Ineligible applicants:
- School buses that operate in the counties specified above (outside Greater Minnesota) are not eligible for this grant.
- Entities or individuals that are currently suspended or debarred by the State of Minnesota and/or the federal government are not eligible applicants.
- The MPCA may also deem an applicant not eligible because of, but not limited to: enforcement issues, labor standards, tax status, or other such issues

Ineligible projects:
- Gasoline powered: Gasoline powered replacement vehicles.
- Mandated changes: Vehicle replacements that are mandated under federal law.
- Normal attrition: Vehicle that would have been replaced through normal attrition/fleet turnover within three (3) years of the project start date.
- Fleet expansion: Purchase of vehicles to expand a fleet.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

An information meeting about this funding opportunity will be hosted where applicants can learn more and ask questions about the application process. A link will be available for those interested in attending the meeting remotely.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the MPCA Saint Paul office, 520 Lafayette Road North

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due August 13, 2019 (4:30 p.m. Central Time).

All applicants will be notified by MPCA staff approximately 45 days after application due date. Applicants selected for funding will be contacted concerning the next steps in the award process.

Applications must be received electronically. Applications submitted via any other method, including but not limited to fax, mail, in-person deliveries, will not be accepted.

Applicants with questions must email them with the subject line: “Greater MN School Bus Grant 2019”, no later than August 6, 2019 (2:30 p.m. Central Time). Answers to questions will be posted frequently.

Grantees will be required to provide all remaining funds for the purchase of replacement buses.

Grant funding for eligible costs will be reimbursed upon completion of the approved project, after copy of paid in full invoices are received and approved and the old bus is destroyed.

Contact Information:

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

Submit questions and applications to:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Phone: 651-296-6300 or 800-657-3864

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USA: Minnesota