Due to the overwhelming response to the school bus replacement grants offered in 2018, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has created an additional funding opportunity for school buses.
As with the previous opportunity, these grants will help replace older diesel school buses (model years 1992 to 2009) with newer, cleaner models. Grants will be for $15,000 or $20,000 per school bus, depending on whether the school district has 40 percent of students in the free or reduced lunch program.
This second round of funding is specifically geared towards school bus replacements in Greater Minnesota, to ensure our commitment to distribute school bus grants throughout the state at a 60/40 split between the metro area and Greater Minnesota. Projects in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area are not eligible for this grant.
The total funds available is $580,000, which we anticipate will fund roughly 29 bus replacements. Applications are due Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
There will be an information and training meeting, designed to answer questions and explain the application process in more detail, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the MPCA St. Paul office (520 Lafayette, St. Paul MN 55155) in room 100. The meeting will also be available through WebEx.
For more information or if you are interested in applying, please visit www.pca.state.mn.us/air/greater-minnesota-school-bus-replacement-grants.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency