Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program

What is Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program?

This grant program implements the portion of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) related to the Texas Clean School Bus Program, as authorized under Chapter 390, Texas Health and Safety Code. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted rules to implement this program under 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 114, Subchapter K, Division 4.

The goal of this program is to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust in and around diesel school buses. Under the program, the TCEQ will provide grants to offset the incremental cost of eligible projects that reduce diesel exhaust emissions.

Who are eligible for the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program?

Any school district or charter school that operates one or more diesel-fueled school buses or transportation system provided by a countywide school district may apply for and receive a grant under this program. An eligible entity that leases buses may be eligible for grants if the eligible entity is the applicant and consents to being a third-party to an agreement with the leasing company and TCEQ.

How to apply for the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program?

During a grant cycle, applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications must be submitted to the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Coordinator by 5 p.m. Central Time, on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that applications are delivered to the Texas Clean Bus Grant Program coordinator by the required deadline.

How much funding is available for the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program?

During the application period, TCEQ will not limit the maximum amount of funding requested by each school district or charter school. The TCEQ is not obligated to fund projects at the amount requested by the applicant and may increase or decrease funding contingent upon additional conditions or changes to the project pertaining to equipment, logistical considerations, expenses, and other program elements.

Where to send applications for the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program?

Applications forms are available on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us; E-Grants at http://e-grants.ed.gov/egHome.asp, TexasCleanSchoolBus.org.

For more information on the Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program, contact:

http://www.window.stat.tx.us/procurement/contracts/managed/gci/928-M1.php and http://texascleanschoolbus.org.

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