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School Bus Grant Program

Page updated August 12, 2021

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) School Bus Replacement Program is open and will be accepting applications through August 31, 2021. 


  • Bus must belong to a fleet of public school buses.
  • Engine model year of old bus must be at least 20 years old (2001 or older).
  • Old bus must be in operational condition and in regular use, with current CHP safety inspection, and inspection records for the previous 2 years.
  • Upon delivery of the new bus, the old bus will be destroyed at an approved salvage yard.
  • School bus project awards are limited by availability of funds and the following funding caps:
  • $165,000 for diesel-powered replacement buses;
  • $200,000 for zero-emission, hybrid, or optional low-NOx (CNG) powered replacements.
  • Priority will be given to zero-emission bus projects, but due to their higher purchase price, APCD grants will only partially fund zero emission buses.  Possible sources of co-funding that may be available to “stack” with APCD funds include Central Coast Community Energy (only open to their customers) and the state HVIP program. Funding from the California Energy Commission and VW Settlement are both fully subscribed and not available at this time.

How to Apply

APCD employs a two-part application process for school bus projects.  Please complete the application form found at the link below and return it to APCD with copies of the REG 292 card(s) for the old bus by August 31, 2021.  A dealer quotation is not required for this portion of the application.

If your project is chosen for funding, we will send you part B of the application to complete and return to APCD with additional documentation, including a dealer quote and a School Board resolution.

School Bus Replacement Application Part A

Applications received will be used to create an eligibility list for current and future APCD school bus funding. Future funding sources may include the AB 617 Community Air Protection Program, which prioritizes funding for zero-emission technologies in low-income areas of our county. Your application today for the School Bus Replacement Program will automatically enroll your project for consideration in the AB 617 program.

For more information on the APCD School Bus Grant Program, see the Request for Proposals, or contact Vince Kirkhuff at 805-781-4247 or vkirkhuff@co.slo.ca.us with any questions regarding this program.