Grant closed. Application deadline was Aug. 2019.

Greater Minnesota school bus replacement grants (2019)

Diesel school busIn 2019, MPCA solicited grant applications totaling $580,000 for replacing old diesel school buses (model years 1992-2009) used in Greater Minnesota.

Awarded grants

Eighteen entities in Greater Minnesota will replace older diesel school buses with 30 new, cleaner-fuel models using $560,000 from the national Volkswagen settlement. About one-third of the new buses will be powered by propane, the rest by new “clean diesel” technology. 

Projects funded by this grant are expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (9.7 tons), particulate matter (0.6 tons), and greenhouse gases (783 tons).

Grantee Grant diesel propane Service area
Aksamit Transportation $160,000   8 Non-metro: Todd
Voigt's School Bus Service $75,000 4   Non-metro: Stearns
Sue's Bus Service, Inc $40,000 2   Non-metro: Mille Lacs
Barnesville Bus Company $30,000 2   Non-metro: Clay, Wilkin, Otter Tail
Ogilvie Public School $20,000   1 Non-metro: Kanabec
Benson Public Schools $20,000   1 Non-metro: Swift
Crookston Public Schools $20,000 1   Non-metro: Polk
Faribault Transportation $20,000 1   Non-metro: Rice
Wadena-Deer Creek ISD  2155 $20,000 1   Non-metro: Wadena
Menahga Public Schools $20,000 1   Non-metro: Wadena
Pine River-Backus Schools ISD 2174 $20,000 1   Non-metro: Cass
Underwood Public Schools ISD 550 $20,000 1   Non-metro: Otter Tail
Westbrook Walnut Grove ISD 2898 $20,000 1   Non-metro: Cottonwood
Kasson-Mantorville ISD 204 $15,000 1   Non-metro: Dodge
Holdingford ISD 738 $15,000 1   Non-metro: Stearns
Ready Bus Company $15,000 1   Non-metro: Houston
Yaeger Bus Service $15,000 1   Non-metro: Blue Earth
Osakis Public School $15,000   1 Non-metro: Douglas


Closed: Applications were due August 13, 2019

MPCA sought applications from diesel school bus owners from private, public, and nonprofit sectors for this grant opportunity to partially fund diesel school bus replacement in Greater Minnesota. The grant reduces diesel emissions from older diesel engines to improve air quality and public health by removing older diesel buses and replacing them with new, cleaner buses. Funded projects will reduce diesel emissions in Minnesota and replace a variety of school buses from around the state with buses of various fuel technologies.