Clean School Bus Program

What does this funding get me?

This is a federal grant and rebate program intended for schools to replace their old school buses with new electric buses. 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are a: 

  • Public school district, with one or more local/state government entities providing school bus service to one or more public school systems or the purchase, lease, license, or contract for service of school buses
  • Public charter school district responsible for the above
  • Tribal applicant responsible for the above
  • Nonprofit school transportation association or eligible contractor

How can I access the money?

The 2023 cycle has closed. No Clean School Bus Grant or Rebate programs have been announced in 2024. Instead, EPA has opened a cycle of grant funding under the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program. You can find application requirements and submission guidelines for these grants HERE. Deadline for submissions is July 25, 2024.

This page will be updated if future Clean School Bus funding is announced. Meanwhile, you can find the full list of application requirements for Clean School Bus grants HERE and more information on rebates HERESign up here to get email updates from EPA on future funding.

What is the timeline?

For Grants: The application cycle for the 2023 funding year has closed. Awards were announced on January 8, 2024. No 2024 Clean School Bus grants have been announced, but the application deadline for the 2024 Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program is July 25.  Sign up here to get email updates from EPA.  

If you plan to apply for funding in 2024, we recommend that you register for a grants.gov account as soon as possible. Please see “Information on the Application Process” below for more information and resources. 

For Rebates: The 2023 application cycle is closed. The EPA will notify selectees between February and April 2024. Selectees can start purchasing eligible vehicles and equipment once notified of their selection, and must submit payment request forms with purchase orders between April 2024 and October 2024. The project period deadline is April 2026. Check back for future funding rounds or sign up here to get email updates from EPA. 

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Where can I get more information?