The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced last week the availability of funding from two programs that could benefit school districts needed help with transportation and their buses.

According to a release, the Oklahoma Clean Diesel Program (DERA) and the Alternative Fuel School Bus Program are used to reduce diesel vehicle emissions in the state.  Each program will offer funding for different types of projects.

The Alternative Fuel School Bus program, funded by the Volkswagen State Environmental Trust, is offering about $1.3 million total toward the following project types:

•Replacement of 2009 or older Class 4-8 diesel school buses with new alternative fuel buses. For the purposes of this program, alternative fuels include all-electric, propane (LPG) and natural gas (LNG or CNG). 

•Electric charging infrastructure, if applying for an electric bus replacement

 

The Clean Diesel / DERA program offers about $785,000. This money can go toward the replacement of EMY 1996-2009 Class 5-8 diesel school buses with new diesel or gasoline buses.

Funding applications for both programs will be accepted through Dec. 4, 2020. 

To find more information on these funding opportunities, visit https://www.deq.ok.gov/air-quality-division/air-grants-funding-programs/

For more information on the Alternative Fuel School Bus Program, visit: https://www.deq.ok.gov/air-quality-division/volkswagen-settlement/alternative-fuel-school-bus-program/ or email questions to VWSettlement@deq.ok.gov. For more information on the Clean Diesel / DERA program, visit https://www.deq.ok.gov/air-quality-division/clean-diesel-dera/ or email cleandiesel@deq.ok.gov

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