Michigan Offers $12.96 Million in Grants via Volkswagen Settlement Funds to Replace Old Diesel School Buses Statewide

For Immediate Release
December 19, 2018

For More Information:
Debra Swartz, MDEQ Staff, swartzd@michigan.gov, 517-284-6903
Chelsea Lewis, MDEQ Public Information Officer, lewisc21@michigan.gov, 517-284-6717

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has released its first funding opportunity under the new Fuel Transformation Program supported with Volkswagen settlement funds.  These grants will fund the replacement of old diesel school buses with new propane, compressed natural gas, diesel, hybrid, and electric school buses.  This is a once in a lifetime grant opportunity to improve air quality, particularly for children, who are highly vulnerable to the harmful effects of oxides of nitrogen and fine particulate matter found in diesel emissions.

Through this opportunity, the MDEQ will incentivize the switch to zero emissions and alternative fuel buses, resulting in sustainable improvements to air quality, the environment, and human health. Of the $12.96 million, a total of $3 million has been earmarked for the purchase of electric school buses and charging stations. Both public and private entities are eligible to apply for these grants.

An informational webinar will be held on January 10, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to explain the School Bus Replacement Grant requirements and how to complete an application.  Applications for electric school buses are due by February 15, 2019, and all other school bus applications are due by October 15, 2019.  To find the Request for Proposals and application materials, or to register for the webinar, visit  www.michigan.gov/deqvwsettlement or contact the Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.