Since 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has offered rebates and grants to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles through the School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
The 2019 DERA school bus rebates are available for eligible entities to apply. According to the EPA, eligible entities include:
- Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
- Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
- 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
Selected applicants will be awarded between $15,000 and $20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacement costs.
For those interested in applying, visit the EPA School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act web page for an informational webinar, along with a program guide, and application.
Applications are due October 30, 2019.