The Texas Clean School Bus Program
A Program of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)
The Texas Clean School Bus program is a comprehensive program designed to reduce emissions of diesel exhaust by retrofitting older school buses.
The Texas Education Agency reports that more than 40 percent of the school buses in local fleets are more than 10 years old. In the years since these vehicles were purchased, several advancements in vehicle and engine technology have helped reduce emissions from school buses, which helps reduce air pollution.
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How Do I Know if I Am Eligible for a Grant?
This section lists general information about school districts, buses, and activities that may be eligible for grant funding. For complete information on the types of projects and expenses that may be eligible for grant funding, refer to the latest Request for Grant Applications (RFGA).
Eligible School Districts:
All public school districts and charter schools in Texas are eligible to apply for this grant. Private schools are not eligible for funding. Public school districts that lease buses are also eligible.
Eligible School Buses:
To meet the TCEQ qualifications, a school bus must:
Eligible Technologies include:
The following eligible technologies offer options for cleaner-running school buses:
Costs per device can range depending on the type of technology chosen. School-bus emissions decrease by as much as 90 percent when these engine or exhaust retrofits are made. All technologies must be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies list of verified technologies or the California Air Resources Board's list of verified technologies, or be a technology that the TCEQ commission finds will bring about significant emissions reductions.
How Do I Find a Vendor?
The TCEQ and the Texas Comptroller have secured state pricing for the purchase and installation of retrofit technology. This information, including contact information for these vendors, may be found on the Texas Comptroller's website . A school district is not required to employ a vendor from this list, nor are they limited by this list of vendors.
How do I Apply for a Grant?
Interested entities should review the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) before completing and submitting the application forms.
Follow these steps:
STEP 1: Download a copy of the TCSB RFGA.
STEP 2: Review the RFGA to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements under the TCSB program.
STEP 3: Download the TCSB Grant Application Form.
If using Excel, each section of the application form is on an individual Excel worksheet within the workbook. Use the tabs located at the bottom of the worksheet to access each form.
In order to print all the pages located in the workbook, please follow these directions:
The TCEQ is committed to accessibility. If you would like to request a more accessible version of these documents, please contact the TERP program at 800-919-TERP (8377).
STEP 4: Download a copy of the W-9 Form.
The TCEQ requires applicants to complete the W-9 to certify their taxpayer identification number (TIN). The W-9 Form must be submitted with the Application Forms.
STEP 5: Download a copy of the application instructions, and complete the application forms.
STEP 6: Submit the application forms to the TCEQ.
Application forms submitted via email will not be accepted. Applicants must electronically complete and submit via regular or express mail two (2) original copies (signed in blue ink) of the project application forms to:
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