As we told you earlier this week, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) operates a Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program that is designed to improve the health of school children and bus drivers by reducing emissions of diesel exhaust from school buses. I am pleased to share that TCEQ has extended the application deadline for the program to December 14, 2012.
The TCEQ provides grant money to purchase and install devices on school buses to reduce emissions. All sizes of diesel-powered school buses are eligible. The bus must operate on a regular, daily route to and from a school and have at least five years of useful life remaining.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the extended deadline. While there is not a limit on the amount of funding that can be applied for, the amount award is at the discretion of the TCEQ. You can download the request for grant applications at www.texascleanschoolbus.org.
Additionally, please check out our recently released EDF report, “Review of Texas’ Clean School Bus Programs: How Far Have We Come and What Is Still Left to Do?”, which highlights the efforts of state and regional programs in administering clean bus programs, and details the progress made with retrofits and replacements.