The Lower-Emission School Bus Program (LESBP) provides financial opportunities to replace
high-emitting pre-1994 model year school buses with lower-emitting new school buses,
and to equip in-use diesel school buses with ARB-verified diesel retrofit devices
to reduce toxic PM emissions. The LESBP provides up to $20,000 to install diesel
particulate filters and up to $165,000 per conventional-fueled school bus to
replace an eligible existing school bus. Funding for hybrid school buses is up to $220,000
and funding for zero-emission school buses, whether new or converted is up to $400,000.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) implements
the Lower-Emission School Bus Program statewide on behalf of ARB, prioritizing funding
for school districts in the small and medium air districts. For eligible school bus
owners in small or medium air districts, when the application period is open,
you apply for funding directly to the SJVAPCD.
Air districts may use local funds, such as motor vehicle registration fee surcharge money,
to replace or retrofit school buses. You may wish to check with your local air district for
any available local funds; Air district lookup will help you determine which air district you operate in.
Please see the website for the Lower-Emission School Bus Program at the SJVAPCD.