School bus replacement grants

School bus exhaustClosed: Application deadline was July 19.

MPCA is currently reviewing the applications received. All applicants will be notified by MPCA staff approximately 45 days after application due date. Applicants selected for funding will be contacted concerning the next steps in the award process, including execution of the appropriate agreements and work plan submissions.

About this grant opportunity

MPCA solicited applications for replacing old diesel school buses (model years 1992-2009). This grant opportunity is part of Minnesota’s Diesel Replacement Program, funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.


Closed: Application deadline for these funds was July 19, 2018.

VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant (2018)

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-29a-fy18)

The RFP assists applicants in applying for and managing state grants. This document describes the School Bus Replacement Grant, including information on who may apply for funding, the funding priorities for this grant round, match requirements, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 2:30 p.m. Central Time on July 19, 2018.

Microsoft Office document icon Application, part 1 (p-f2-29c-fy18)

Office spreadsheet icon Application, part 2 (p-f2-29d-fy18)

Microsoft Office document icon Affidavit of Noncollusion (p-f2-29f-fy18)

Other references

PDF icon Sample agreement (p-f2-29e-fy18)

PDF icon List of school districts (p-f2-29h-fy18)

PDF icon Project evaluation methods (p-f2-29g-fy18)


PDF icon School Bus Replacement grant: Frequently asked questions (p-f2-29b-fy18)

Questions regarding this RFP must be e-mailed to (subject line: “School Bus Grant 2018”) no later than 2:30 p.m. Central Time on July 17, 2018. All questions and answers will be included in the FAQ sheet and posted within two (2) days of receipt.

MPCA personnel are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants outside of the question and answer forum. Contact regarding this RFP with any MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Training: This brief webcast offers an overview of the Request For Proposals (RFP) and application forms.


MPCA seeks diesel school bus owners from private, public, and nonprofit sectors to apply to this grant opportunity to partially fund diesel school bus replacement in 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. Projects funded will: 1) reduce diesel emissions in Minnesota; 2) fund a variety of school buses from around the state; and 3) fund a mixture of fuel technologies.