2020 DERA School Bus Rebates Open
Government grants are available to replace diesel school buses with new propane autogas buses. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) provides funds to public and private fleets for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new or retrofit buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2020.
NPGA created a How-To Guide for DERA School Bus Rebates. For the how-to guide and more funding opportunities, please visit NPGA’s Funding Resources link on the Membership Dashboard. For questions and to share new information contact Twana Aiken, NPGA Manager of Regulatory Affairs.
EPA awards selected applicants and granted $20,000-65,000 per bus, and applicants are selected in a lottery with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool. Typically, the vehicle replacement or retrofit projects are completed in less than one year. For more information on DERA School Bus Rebates, click here. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for almost 2,000 vehicles to date.