Electric school bus

UPDATE: MPCA to match EPA Clean School Bus Funding for schools

Electric school bus match dollars

To increase the number of school districts and other eligible entities able to purchase a new electric bus, MPCA will provide match funding for your grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program. 

Schools must apply for EPA's Clean School Bus Grant Program before 8/19/2022. If schools are selected for EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has up to $125,000 for each school district or eligible applicant to match their EPA grant and up to $7,000 available for the charging station.

From MPCA's website:

What you will need to apply to MPCA:

  1. Notification from the EPA that you have been selected to receive either $190,000 for a class 4 through 6 bus or $250,000 for a class 7 or 8 bus.
  2. VIN number of your 2009 or older engine model year bus that will be destroyed and replaced with your new electric bus.
  3. Primary address where the bus will operate.
  4. Quotes for the bus and the charging unit.

Please do not apply for the MPCA funding if:

  • You have been selected to receive priority level funding from EPA in the amount of $285,000 for class 4-6 or $375,000 for class 7 and 8 buses.
  • You have a class 3 bus. Class 3 is not eligible for these match dollars.
  • Your bus is engine model year 2010 or newer.
  • You do not plan to destroy your 2009 or older bus. Selling or trading the bus is not an eligible option.
  • Your school bus operates outside of the state of Minnesota.
  • If you have already purchased your new electric bus.

Learn more


About the Clean School Bus Program

The Clean School Bus Program provides five billion dollars over five years to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission models. The EPA is expected to accept rebate applications May 20 through August 2022.

Interested in applying for funding? 

  1.  Sign up for Clean School Bus Program news to get updates on program funding.
  2.  Learn about the program from the latest Clean School Bus Rebates webinar slidedeck [PDF].
  3.  Get started setting up all required information
  4.  Create a fleet inventory. 

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