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Clean School Bus Rebate Program

Federal Agency


Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ)


To replace existing school buses with clean, zero-emission models. Rebate applications can request funds for replacing up to 25 buses.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

State, local and tribal governmental agencies that are responsible for providing school bus service to one or more public school systems; or purchase of school buses. Eligible expenses include buses, charging units, and electrical panels.

Decarbonization Considerations

Funding is available to dispose of old, diesel-powered buses, and replace them with electric school buses. Charging infrastructure must also be accounted for and installed. The more efficient the bus is, the larger the rebate.

Equity Considerations

Districts with a 20% or more students living in poverty and other determinations qualify a district as a priority district. These districts have the opportunity to receive larger rebates.

Helpful Tips

The rebate application is "quick and simple" and the selection process is based on a lottery system

Other Notes

For the 2022 CSB Rebates, EPA anticipates offering $250 million for clean school buses and $250 million for zero-emission school buses. EPA may award more funding depending on demand and other considerations.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

August 19, 2023

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

Varies by bus type, size, and service area

Average Award (Estimated)

Varies by bus type, size, and service area

Matching Funds

Not required

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