The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is releasing the first Request for Proposal (RFP) under the Minnesota VW Settlement Diesel Replacement Program.
The RFP is for grants of $15,000 or $20,000 to school bus owners or their representatives around the state to replace old diesel school buses with new diesel, natural gas, propane or electric school buses. There is a total of $2,115,000 available under this grant opportunity.
Grants will be awarded based on selection criteria that include emissions reduction, cost effectiveness, health effects, and environmental justice ramifications.
Please visit the School Bus Replacement Grant webpage to learn more about this grant opportunity and download application forms.
Training for interested grant applicants will be offered on June 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. This training will be offered at the MPCA office in St. Paul, as well as electronically. The training will be recorded and posted on the grant webpage. Please visit the webpage for more information regarding the upcoming training.
This is the first grant opportunity under this new program. Additional grants for a variety of other diesel vehicle replacement projects will be forthcoming in the near future.
Visit https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/minnesotas-plan to learn more about Minnesota’s plan for VW settlement funds.