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

School bus replacement grants

School bus exhaustMPCA is now accepting 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.

The request for proposals (RFP) has the details on who may apply, vehicle requirements, and other information that will help applicants submit an application.

  • MPCA anticipates awarding approximately $2,115,000 for school bus grants.
  • Applications are due no later than 2:30 p.m. Central Time on July 19, 2018.
     

PDF icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: 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 VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: Application, part 1 (p-f2-29c-fy18)

Office spreadsheet icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: Application, part 2 (p-f2-29d-fy18)

PDF icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: Sample agreement (p-f2-29e-fy18)

Microsoft Office document icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: Affidavit of Noncollusion (p-f2-29f-fy18)

PDF icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: List of school districts (p-f2-29h-fy18)

PDF icon VW Settlement Phase 1 - School Bus Replacement grant: 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 grants.pca@state.mn.us (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.

Overview

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.