Last Call On Clean School Bus Applications – Aug. 19th Deadline!

Last call on Clean School Bus Rebate Applications, deadline August 19th. 

In a continued push by the federal government to reduce emissions, the EPA announced a last call for applications for the Clean School Bus (CBS) Rebates Program. School bus operators have until August 19th to submit applications. $500 million has been set aside for the program, which is aimed at helping school bus operators phase out older high pollution-producing models for clean and zero-emission buses. The Clean School Bus Rebates application is designed to be simple, does not require matching funds, and allows for funds to be awarded before the purchase of the buses.

Key Dates:

  • August 19th: Local governments have until August 19th to submit applications.
  • October 18th: Roughly around this date applicants should be notified if they will be receiving a rebate.


  • Models to be replaced must be 2010 or older diesel-powered school buses that will be scrapped if selected for funding.
  • New buses must be have a battery-electric, CNG, or propane drivetrain; and be model year 2021 or newer.

Applicants requesting funds to replace school buses that serve high-need school districts, low-income areas, rural districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded school districts will be offered more funding per bus and receive preference in the selection process in the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates program. However, the EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, regardless of prioritization status, to apply.

Read prior coverage. 

Read more about the CSB Rebates Program. 

At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference general session, “On the Horizon – The Future of Maryland Environmental Policy,” the two biggest environmental voices in the General Assembly, Del. Kumar Barve and Sen. Paul Pinsky will discuss recent climate legislation and their thoughts on where Maryland should go next.  
The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-22. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.