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Nationwide EPA DERA School Bus Grant Program Open


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebate has $10 million to help fund the replacement of the model year 2006 or older diesel buses that drive more than 10,000 miles in a typical year with cleaner school buses like those powered by propane autogas.

EPA awards $25,000 per propane school bus.

How many buses will they fund? Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement. Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

The application is short only 3 pages. November 5, 2021 is the deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to DERARebates@epa.gov.

Selection is by lottery. At least one school district from every state in the U.S. will be selected from the application pool.

If a school district needs assistance or has any questions, the school district can contact the Propane Council of Texas for guidance or submission at info@propanecounciloftexas.org.