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Financial Opportunities for California Trucks-
School Buses

The Lower-Emission School Bus Program (LESBP) provides financial opportunities to replace high-emitting pre-1987 model year school buses with lower-emitting new 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 $140,000 per bus in financial opportunities to replace an existing pre-1987 school bus. Although primarily funded through voter approved bond sales, air districts may use local funds, such as motor vehicle registration fee surcharge money, to replace or retrofit school buses. The LESBP is generally administered through the local air district. Air district lookup will help you determine which air district you operate in.

For projects funded under the LESBP by bond funds, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (SJVAPCD) has partnered with the Air Resources Board in acting as the implementing agency for the following 18 air districts: Amador, Antelope, Calaveras, Colusa, Feather River, Great Basin, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mojave, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Tuolumne. If your school district, joint powers authority, or private transportation contractor (provides transportation to public schools), operates in one of these 18 air districts, then you would apply for funding directly to SJVAPCD. You may wish to inquire directly with your local air district about opportunities for funding through other programs administered by the air district.

If your school district, joint powers authority, or private transportation contractor does not operate in one of these 18 air districts, please contact your local air district regarding all funding programs.