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2019 DERA School Bus Rebates Program
Applications Being Accepted
Deadline to Apply - October 30, 2019 (4 p.m. ET)

EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality is accepting applications nationwide for rebates to assist in replacing old, dirty diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. EPA anticipates awarding over $10 million in this funding opportunity.

Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities; or
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above.
  • Applications are limited to 10 buses. Fleets that own more than 100 buses can submit two applications.

Selection Process

Lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

Click to Visit the School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Web Page for Application Materials and Eligibility Information.

Important Dates

Activity Date
2019 DERA School Bus Rebate program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov. Monday, September 30, 2019

Webinar for applicants:
Click here to join webinar
Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 210 7951#

Monday, October 7, 2019
3 p.m. ET

Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4 p.m. ET

Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted online January 2020
Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2020 (estimated)
Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2020 (estimated)

New Webinar Series: Get the Facts on Diesel Generators
(Hosted by Diesel Technology Forum)

New Webinar Series: Get the Facts on Diesel Generators

There are more technology and fuel options than ever before when it comes to sources of standby power generation and prime power. Gaseous fuels, solar and wind power, and battery backup are available today. For most applications, nothing beats the durability, portability and reliability of diesel technology.

The Diesel Technology Forum has organized a two-part educational webinar to get a briefing from the leaders of standby and prime power of all technology types. The first webinar will provide you with an understanding of the unique attributes of technology with a narrowed focus on diesel technology. The next webinar will provide you with a better understanding of the regulations and test procedures that cover this equipment along with a real world understanding of how this equipment and technology is used in the field and permitted by local planners. Presenters include: Caterpillar, Cummins & MTU.

Power Generation 101 – Technology Choice in Emergency Backup and Prime Power
LIVE - October 23, 2019 – 1:00-2:00pm EST
Learn More & Register

Power Generation 201 – Industry Perspectives on Regulations and Requirements for Standby and Prime Power Generation
LIVE - November 13, 2019 – 1:00-2:00pm EST
Learn More & Register


CALSTART's 'Drive to Zero' Initiative

Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero

CALSTART's 'Drive to Zero' Initiative: Encouraging region-wide market transformation toward clean & innovative medium & heavy duty vehicles. Check out the presentation here!

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