On April 24th the EPA announced the 2023 Clean School Bus (CSB) Grant Program! This program follows the 2022 CSB Rebate Program and is the second iteration of multi-year funding opportunities. This is an exciting step towards the future of electric school buses and helps provide clean transportation to children in our local communities.
Drive Clean Colorado is excited to announce application assistance, as well as state funding, through one-on-one coaching for fleet managers and school districts. If interested, please reach out to our Electric School Bus Program Coordinator, Emily Harris, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Along with this, Drive Clean Colorado is hosting an Electric School Bus Webinar, sponsored by Blue Bird, on May 23rd from 11-12:30pm with information on EPA and state funding provided by CDHE and the EPA, as well as talks from Lightning eMotors, MicroGrid Labs, NREL, and more.
The 2023 grant program provides $400 million in competitive funding for eligible applicants to assist the replacement of existing diesel buses through the purchase of zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure.
Eligible applicants include Local and State government entities, Tribal organizations, Public charter schools, and more, which are responsible for providing school bus services. See here for the full list of eligible applicants and eligible buses.
The application deadline is Tuesday, August 22, 2023. The deadline to submit questions on the application is August 9, 2023. The EPA will also be holding an information session on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 3PM (ET) with registration here.