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School Bus Grant Program

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Program is currently closed. A new eligibility list will be established for FY 19-20 funding. 


  • Old buses with engines of any model year may be eligible for replacement.
  • Buses powered by optional low-NOx (CNG or propane) engines are eligible for additional funding up to $200,000. 
  • Zero-emission (all electric) buses are eligible for additional funding, that when matched with ARB HVIP funds will cover up to 100% of the cost of the bus. For more information on the HVIP program, click here, or contact your new school bus dealer. 

In addition to school bus replacements, the program will provide funding for the following:

  • The purchase and installation of an ARB-verified level 3 diesel emission control system on public school buses equipped with 1987 or newer engines.
  • The replacement of on-board compressed natural gas tanks on public school buses which are near the end of their service life.
  • Alternative fuel infrastructure to facilitate fueling of a new alternative fuel school bus.
  • Refueling infrastructure maintenance.

Please contact Vince Kirkhuff at 805.781.4247 with any questions regarding this program.