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School Bus Grant Funding & Information

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The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is a leader in helping schools reduce air pollution in the Greater Sacramento Area by using zero-emission school buses and technology in our communities.  The replacement of high-polluting diesel buses with new zero-emission school buses greatly reduces childrens exposure to transportation related air pollution. It also helps school districts with cost savings on fuel, regular maintenance and repairs.  The Sac Metro Air District is committed to regional projects and partnerships to create clean air and a low-carbon future for everyone. 


Programs & Information


2019 School Bus Solicitation

 StatusOPEN until December 20, 2019


The solicitation will run from October 15th to December 20, 2019. The current solicitation has $5 million in incentive funds available to replace combustion engine school buses with zero-emission school buses.  Sacramento County School Districts are eligible for one free electric bus (estimated up to $465,000 combined funding), as well as funding to assist with the purchase of additional EV school buses.  We also have $600,000 that will be contracted to replace high-polluting, long-range, field trip buses with new school buses built with ultra-low NOx engines.  See presentation for more information.   


How to Apply:

To apply online, please click on the "Online Application" button below.  We recommend using the Chrome internet browser to complete the online application. To submit a paper application, please click on the S1-Program Application link in the Documents/Forms column below.

Online Application


Partnership Funds

    • Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) - Waitlist is in effect / Additional funds anticipated to be available by January 2020 

HVIP provides voucher incentive fund for the vehicle and associated infrastructure costs at the time of purchase.  Further information on this program is available at  

    • VW Mitigation Funds – COMING SOON

$130 Million dollars in funding is available to replace older transit, school and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses.  The funding is tentatively scheduled to be released October 21, 2019 and will be administered on a first come/first serve basis. Further information on this program is available at .  This program is expected to have a required cost share. 

    • 2019 School Bus Rebate Program - OPEN

 Approximately $10 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding is available to assist in replacing old diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. For a summary of eligibility and important dates, please view this associated flyer (PDF) or visit EPA's School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) website  Applications from September 30th to October 30, 2019. 



Status: Open




 Documents / Forms


 Additional Links


Incentive Program Page
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