Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
08/13/19 4:30 PM CT
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.
- “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#: 186460
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.
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