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School Bus Grant Program

Page updated April 10, 2020. 

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) School Bus Replacement Program application period closed on April 1, 2020. Applications received will be used to create an eligibility list for current and future funding. 

Limited school bus funding may also be available through our AB 617 Community Air Protection Program.  This program prioritizes funding for zero-emission technologies in low-income areas of our county.  For more information, click here.

Eligibility

  • Old buses with engines of any model year may be eligible for replacement.
  • Funding amounts will be limited by available funds; However, replacement buses powered by optional low-NOx (CNG or propane) engines are eligible for additional funding up to $220,000.
  • Zero-emission (all electric) buses are eligible for additional funding, but due to the higher purchase price of these buses, APCD will typically only partially fund these projects.  Other possible sources of funding may be available to “stack” with APCD funds; however, because APCD funds this year will come from the state’s Carl Moyer program, these funds cannot generally be stacked with other state funds (e.g.: HVIP, CEC, VW Settlement).

How to Apply

This year, APCD will employ 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 April 1, 2020.  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.

School Bus Replacement Application Part A

For more information, 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.