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Financial Opportunities for California School Buses



Click on the links below to see what programs may be available to help you towards purchasing a diesel particulate filter, new conventionally-fueled school bus, hybrid school bus or zero-emission school bus.

► Lower-Emission School Bus Program ▼ Lower-Emission School Bus Program
  • 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 conventionally-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 CARB, 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 can apply for funding directly to the SJVAPCD.

► Rural School Bus Pilot Project ▼ Rural School Bus Pilot Project
  • Statewide program to replace older school buses with new cleaner technology options. Funding is also available for charging and/or fueling equipment. The program is designed to give preference to school districts in small and medium sized air districts. The application process is expected to begin in February 2017. The project will fund about 30 to 60 new school buses, and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide by 10,000 metric tons.

► Funding from Air Pollution Control Districts ▼ Funding from Air Pollution Control Districts
  • 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.

► Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) ▼ Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)
  • Statewide program provides vouchers of up to $95,000 for California purchasers of zero-emission trucks and buses ($110,000 in disadvantaged communities), and up to $30,000 for eligible hybrid trucks and buses. The program helps offset the higher costs of clean vehicles and additional incentives are available for providing disadvantaged community benefits.

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