Clean Diesel

Clean Diesel Rebates

The 2016 school bus rebate application period is now open. 

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 (PDF)(7 pp, 133 K, January 2011, About PDF), reauthorizing DERA through fiscal year 2016 and allowing EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants.

2016 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebates

Approximately $7 million is available in rebates to public school bus fleet owners for the replacement or retrofit of older school buses.

"Our kids spend a lot of time on the school bus, and buses spend a lot of time in our neighborhoods and school yards.  They are a national symbol of safety,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "Significantly improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements, and idle reduction practices is imperative in meeting the Agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxics.”

Important Dates

When What
September 29, 2016 Application period opens
October 7, 2016 1-2 p.m. ET Webinar for applicants: Link to Webinar
Call-in Number: 866-299-3188
Access Code: 20 2343 9571
October 24, 2016 Deadline for submitting questions to the weekly FAQ document
November 1, 2016 4 p.m. ET Application period closes
December 2016 (Estimated) EPA posts selectee names and waiting list online. Official selection letters
mailed to selectees
March 2017 (Estimated) Purchase order submission deadline for replacement buses and retrofits
(90 days after selection letter date)
September 2017 (Estimated) Deadline for submitting payment documentation demonstrating installation of retrofits, delivery of replacement buses, and scrappage of old buses
Within one month after receipt
of payment documentation
Selectee will receive their rebate payment

Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

2016 School Bus Rebate Application Form
2016 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebate Program Guide
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Email your completed rebate application, along with a scanned copy of each vehicle’s title and registration, and if applicable, a letter from the state agency that owns the buses to: CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov. Emailed applications must include the subject line: DERA 2016 SCHOOL BUS REBATE APPLICATION – and the name of your organization.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. All questions and answers, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document. Please email your questions to cleandiesel@epa.gov and type School Bus Rebate Question in the subject line. 

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Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state or local agency; tribal government or native village; or port authority which has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities; or
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above

Eligible School Buses

  • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to school or homes
  • Driven 10k or more miles over the last 12 months or in use 3+ days/week during the school year
  • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses over 10,001 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
  • Replacements: Buses powered by 2006 or older model year engines must be replaced with buses powered by a 2016 or newer model year engine and can qualify for $15k-$25k per bus depending on the GVWR of the replacement buses.
  • Retrofits: Buses powered by 1994-2006 model year engines must be retrofitted with an EPA-verified Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) + Closed Crankcase Ventilation (CCV) system and have the option of adding a verified Fuel Operated Heater (FOH). DOC+CCV can qualify for up to $4,000 and DOC+CCV+FOH can qualify for up to $6,000 to cover parts and installation.

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2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebates

Over 530 school bus fleets applied to EPA’s 2015 School Bus Rebate Program, requesting over $50 million in funding. Each application was given a unique identification number and using these, applications were randomly selected and placed in order on a list.

Starting at the top of the list, funds were reserved for applicants until all funding allocated by EPA headquarters and Regions were reserved. Over $7 million was reserved for 85 applicants. The recipients are listed below. Selections with an asterisk (*) were funded by EPA Regions. Applicants who were not selected were placed on the Applicant Wait List in the random order in which they were picked.

2015 School Bus Rebates Supporting Documents

2015 Rebate Recipients

State Selectee
AR Ozark Public Schools
AZ Crane Elementary School District 13
CA Cajon Valley Union School District
CA Riddington Holdings, Inc.
CT All Star Transportation LLC*
CT B and B Transportation
CT Dattco Inc*
CT Killingly Public Schools*
CT Martel Transportation LLC
CT Montville Public Schools*
FL Volusia County Schools
GA McDuffie County Schools
IA IKM-Manning CSD
IA Sioux City Community School District
ID Shelley School District #60
IL Bushnell-Prairie City CUSD #170
IL Vienna High School 13-3
IN Eminence Community School Corporation
IN Plymouth Community School Corporation
KS Unified School District No. 202 Wyandotte, KS (Turner)
KS USD 266 Maize
KS USD 387 Altoona-Midway
LA ARISE Schools
LA Calcasieu Parish School Board*
LA Lincoln Parish School Board*
LA Ouachita Parish School Board
LA Rapides Parish School Board*
MA Swansea Public Schools*
MA Town of Dartmouth / Dartmouth Public Schools*
MA Town of Wareham*
ME MSAD #49*
ME MSAD 15 Gray New Gloucester*
MI Fairview Area Schools
MI Hopkins Public Schools
MN Buds Bus Service Inc.
MN Hey Inc dba Willmar Bus Service
MN Sue's Bus Service, Inc.
MN Yaeger Bus Service, Inc.
MO Blue Springs RIV School District*
MO Holcomb R-III School District
MO Sherwood Cass R-8 School District
MO South Harrison R-II School District
MO Winston R-VI School District
State Selectee
MS Hancock County School District
MT Chippewa Cree Tribe with Rock Boy Schools as Delegate Agency
NC Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools
ND Beach Public School District #3*
ND Larimore Public School #44
NE Auburn Public Schools
NE
Ord Public Schools
NJ Garden State Transport, Inc.
NJ Garden State Transport, Inc.*
NJ H.A. DeHart Transportation Co.
NJ Secaucus Board Education*
NJ Vineland Public Schools*
NJ Wall Board of Education
NY Chappaqua Transportation Inc.*
NY Educational Bus Transportation Inc*
NY Hendrickson Bus Corporation
NY Huntington Coach Corporation*
NY Jaco Transportation Inc*
NY Michael S. Johnson*
NY Middle Country Central School District*
OH Crestwood Local Schools
OH Sandy Valley Local School District
OK Green Country Technology Center
OK Mounds Public Schools*
OK Turkey Ford School*
OR North Wasco County School Dist. #21
PA Stafursky Transportation, Inc.
PR Transporte Sonnell Incorporated*
SC Laurens 55 County School District (SCDE)
SC Newberry County School District (SCDE)
SC Spartanburg 5 County School District (SCDE)
SC Williamsburg County School District (SCDE)
SD Brookings School District #5-1
SD Castlewood School District 28-1
TX Houston Independent School District*
TX Rockwall Independent School District*
UT Canyons School District
UT Grand County School District*
UT Jordan School District
VT Arlington School District*
WA Moses Lake School District
WI Thomas Bus Service, Inc.
WI Warco, Inc.

* Applicants were funded with Regional funding

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2014 School Bus Rebates

Over 500 school bus fleets applied to EPA's 2014 School Bus Rebate Program, requesting over $32 million in funding. Each applicant was given an unique identification number 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 $3 million allocated to the program was reserved. The recipients are listed below. Certain EPA Regions had extra funding they allocated for school bus rebates in their states. These selections are denoted by an asterisk. The remainder of the applicants were placed on the Applicant Wait List (PDF) (11 pp, 157 K, About PDFin the order in which they were selected.

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2014 School Bus Rebates Supporting Documents

Rebate Recipients

State Selectee Name
AL Cullman County Board of Education
AL Winston County Schools
AR Brookland School District
CA Clovis Unified School District
CA Culver City Unified School District
CA Enterprise Elementary School District
CA Southern Humboldt Unified School District
CA Town Ride, Inc.
CT Killingly Public Schools*
CT Martel Transportation*
CT Montville Public Schools
IA Cherokee Community School District*
IA Columbus Community School District*
IA North Linn Community School District*
IA Odebolt Arthur Community School
IA Starmont Community School District*
IA Waverly-Shell Roc Community Schools
IA West Delaware County Community School District*
IL Marengo County / Union CSD 165
IN Fairfield Community Schools
IN Hamilton Heights School Corporation
KS Haven Unified School District 312*
KS Neodesha Schools USD 461
KS Unified School District 112*
KS Unified School District 261 Haysville
KS Uniontown USD 235
KS USD 337, Royal Valley Schools*
KY Bell County Board of Education
KY Fleming Board of Education
LA Lincoln Parish School Board*
LA Ouachita Parish School Board
MI Reed City Area Public Schools
MO Clever R-V School District*
MO Cozad Transportation LLC
MO Liberty Public Schools #53
MO North St. Francois County R-I School District*
MO Orchard Farm R-V School District*
MO Salisbury R-IV School District*
State Selectee Name
MO Sullivan School District*
MO Van Buren R-I School District
MO Windsor C-1 School District*
MO Winston R-VI School District*
MS Richton School District
NE Chase County Schools
NE High Plains Community Schools*
NE Mead Public Schools
(Saunders County District 78-0072)
NE Unified District #1
NE Wahoo Public Schools*
NH GRS Cooperative School District
NJ Secaucus Board of Education
NV Washoe County School District
NY Northern Adirondack CSD
NY Rolling V Bus Corp
OH East Muskingum Schools
OH Fremont City Schools
OH North Canton City School District
OH Tuslaw Local School District
OK Beggs Public Schools
OK Latta Public School
OK Lone Star Public School
OK Wes Watkins Technology Center*
OR Reynolds School District #7
OR Springfield School District No. 19
PA RJ Rhodes Transit
SC South Carolina Department of Education (Allendale)
SD Armour School District 21-1
SD Isna Wica Owayawa / Loneman School
TX Aldine Independent School District*
TX Spring Branch Independent School District
UT Canyons School District
VA Arlington Public Schools
VT Barre Town School District*
WA Puyallup School District No. 3
WI Ithaca School District
WI School District of Shell Lake
WI Transportation Services of Watertown, Inc.

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2013 Construction Rebates

EPA's 2013 Construction Equipment Rebate Program provided incentives for eligible applicants to retrofit or to replace engines in their nonroad construction equipment.

Rebates were paid to the following recipients upon their successful completion of the 2013 Construction Equipment Rebate Program requirements.

2013 Construction Equipment Rebates Supporting Documents

Rebate Recipients

State Selectee Name
CA High Desert Underground
NC Roadmark Corporation
NJ Mount Construction Company, Inc.
OR Moore Excavation, Inc.
PA Buckley & Company, Inc.
WA Pacific Northern Environmental Corp.

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2012 School Bus Rebates

Over 1000 school bus fleets applied to EPA's 2012 School Bus Rebate Program, requesting over $70 million in funding. Each applicant was given an unique identification number 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 recipients are listed below. The remainder of the applicants were place on the Applicant Wait List ( 20 pp, 346 K, About PDF) in the order in which they were selected.

2012 School Bus Rebates Supporting Documents

Rebate Recipients

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

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