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DERA School Bus Rebate Program


CLOSED 2012 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program

In January 2011, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) was reauthorized through fiscal year 2016. A significant change in the reauthorization provided EPA with the authority to award rebates.

The 2012 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program provides incentives for eligible applicants to replace older school buses with newer buses powered by certified 2012 or newer engines. For complete program information, see:

Rebate Selectees

Over 1000 school bus fleets applied to EPA's Rebate Program, requesting over $70 million in funding. All applicants were given unique identification numbers and using these, applicants were randomly selected and placed in order on a list.

Starting at the top of the list, funds were reserved for applicants until all $2 million allocated to the program was reserved. The results are shown below. The remainder of the list became the Applicant Wait List (PDF) (20 pp, 346K, January 2013, About PDF).

  Selectee Name State
1 Davie County Board of Education NC
2 USD 504 Oswego KS
3 Sandy Valley Local School District OH
4 Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District OH
5 Mount Ayr Community School IA
6 Genesee Intermediate School District MI
7 South Sanpete School District UT
8 Champaign County Head Start IL
9 Hoopeston Area Schools CUSD #11 IL
10 East Muskingum Local Schools OH
11 Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities OH
12 Weld Re-9 Highland Schools CO
13 Old Bridge Township Board of Education NJ
14 Dousman Transport Co., Inc. WI
15 Pangburn School District AR
16 East Allen Schools IN
17 Averill Park Central School District NY
18 USD 252 Southern Lyon County KS
19 Nestucca Valley School District 101J OR
20 North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District NJ
21 N&M Bus Lines Inc. NH
22 Flippin School District AR
23 Bendle Public Schools MI
24 Mechanicville City School District NY
25 Champion Local Schools OH
26 United Talmudical Academy NY
27 Dietrich and Sons, Inc ND
28 Kottkes' Bus Service, Inc MN

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Rebate Process

All applications received by EPA prior to the December 14, 2012 deadline were assigned a unique identification number.  Using this number, eligible applications were selected for funding through a random number generator and rebate funds were reserved for those selected.  

EPA has notified all applicants who were selected of their status. All other applicants will be placed on the Applicant Wait List (PDF) (20 pp, 346K, January 2013) in the order in which they were selected.

If a selected applicant fails to complete the rebate reimbursement requirements in Section 4.1 (PDF) (19 pp, 1.12MB, EPA-420-R-12-029, November 2012) of the Program Guide, they will forfeit all rebate funds reserved for them and the reserved funds will be offered to the next eligible applicant on the Applicant Wait List.

Selected applicants must complete the following steps to receive reimbursement:

  • Within 90 days of the date of the Selection Letter, the selectee must submit a purchase order for new school bus. The date of the purchase order cannot pre-date the date of the Selection Letter. For Selectees with letters dated January 29, 2013, purchase orders must be submitted to EPA by April 29, 2013.
  • Within nine months of the date of the Selection Letter, the selectee must:
    • Accept delivery of new bus
    • Scrap old bus (see Section 3.5.2 (PDF) (19 pp, 1.12MB, EPA-420-R-12-029, November 2012) of the Program Guide for details)
    • Submit "Payment Request" form AND scrappage documentation. (see Section 3.6 (PDF) (19 pp, 1.12MB, EPA-420-R-12-029, November 2012) of the Program Guide for details)
    • For Selectees with letters dated January 29, 2013, these items must be completed by October 29, 2013.
  • EPA will review the submitted information and determine if all terms and conditions have been met. Once that determination has been made, EPA will electronically issue the rebate funds to the selectee.
  • Selectees who fail to complete the required terms and conditions of the program in the time frame above will forfeit all rebate funds reserved for them.

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