School Buses

Learn about grant funding opportunities for replacing school buses with newer, lower-emission equipment.

Announcement:

The Carl Moyer Program closed on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and is not accepting new applications. Complete applications that were submitted prior to midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on May 18 will be evaluated for eligibility.

Year 23 Funding Cycle is anticipated to begin accepting new applications when the program opens in Summer 2022. Please sign up for the Carl Moyer Notification List on the Carl Moyer Program web page to receive timely email alerts or check back on this web page for program updates. 

 

The Air District is currently not accepting applications for public school bus projects. The program is anticipated to reopen in Summer 2022 with the Year 23 Funding Cycle. 

Project Types

 Funds were available for the following project types:

  • Bus replacement - replace public school buses with new electric and low-NOx compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.
  • Engine retrofit - install an emission control device (case-by-case only).
  • Fleet expansion – purchase public school electric buses without the need to scrap an older bus. Applicants considering this option are encouraged to contact us prior to applying as funding is available on a case-by-case basis only.
  • Install fueling infrastructure - install or expand electric and alternative fuel infrastructure to fuel school buses (see below for details).

Battery Charging and Fueling Infrastructure

Eligible applicants deploying new electric and alternative fuel school bus(es) may also apply for grants to install, convert, or expand battery charging stations, natural gas fueling stations, and hydrogen fueling stations.

Maximum Percentage of Eligible Costs Infrastructure Project Type
100% and alternative fueling Public school bus – battery charging

Eligible costs of infrastructure projects include costs of design and engineering, equipment (e.g. charging/fueling units, energy storage equipment, on-site power generation*), installation directly related to the project, and meters or data loggers. Eligible projects must comply with all applicable laws, be located within Air District jurisdictional boundaries for use by buses operating in the Bay Area, and meet site ownership, equipment specification, and other CMP and Air District requirements. 

*Projects with on-site power generation are funded at a maximum of 65-75% of eligible costs. For projects with on-site power generation, at least 50% of the energy provided by the project must be generated from wind or solar power.

For additional details about project options and funding amounts see Additional Information section (below) or the School Bus Project Fact Sheet.

Eligibility

The following organizations were eligible for funding:

  • Bay Area public school districts that own their own buses, including under the provisions of a Joint Powers Agreement, may apply for all project types.
  • School transportation companies that provide services under contract to Bay Area public school districts, public charter schools, and county offices of education may apply for all project types (under CHPP and TFCA funding only).
  • Non-profit agencies, private schools, and other private companies are NOT eligible for funding under this program.
  • Applicants for school bus projects that are not eligible under this category may be eligible for bus replacement and other project types under the CMP On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicle category.

School buses must transport public school students (grades K-12) to and from school, or for school-sponsored activities, within the Air District’s boundaries.

Applications are accepted for school bus projects within the Air District’s boundaries, and the Air District may prioritize projects operating in areas highlighted in the Priority Community Map or Community Air Protection corridors that result in significant emissions reductions. Contact our staff if your fleet operates within these priority areas. 

How to Apply

The Carl Moyer Program closed on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and is not accepting new applications. Complete applications that were submitted prior to midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on May 18 will be evaluated for eligibility.

Year 23 Funding Cycle is anticipated to begin accepting new applications when the program opens in Summer 2022. Please sign up for the Carl Moyer Notification List at the bottom of the Carl Moyer Program web page to receive timely email alerts or check back to this web page for program updates. 

Workshops and Events

Watch the Air District co-hosted webinar “Stack Incentives and Maximize Funding to Jumpstart Your School’s Electric Bus Fleet” for information on transitioning your school bus fleet to electric.

View the Calendar for upcoming workshops, events, and deadlines.

School Bus Regulatory Information

CARB's Truck and Bus Regulation requires existing on-road diesel vehicles, including school buses, that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. It is the school bus owner's responsibility to understand the requirements of the CARB regulation and how the regulation affects their fleet. The awarding of a School Bus Incentive grant in no way extends any regulatory compliance deadline. Participation in the Carl Moyer Program requires that school bus fleets report to and be compliant with the Truck & Bus Regulation and document the Fleet Summary and Fleet List as part of the grant application.

Additional Information

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Kenneth Mak
Supervising Staff Specialist, Strategic Incentives

415.749.8660

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Last Updated: 5/19/2022