SEC 74 Clean School Bus Grant

Michigan’s Clean Bus Energy Grant Opens TODAY!

May 28, 2024

Overview

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Michigan Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) opened applications for the 74(b) Clean Bus Energy Grant, a $125 million program aimed at helping Michigan school districts replace aging diesel school buses with cleaner alternatives.

Through the program, public school districts can receive up to 70% of the cost of an electric school bus, charging station and infrastructure. The program also works to prioritize high-need districts, examining criteria like income, environmental risk factors, and rural or indigenous populations. Schools that meet these criteria are eligible for additional funding to cover up to 90% of the total project costs. Alternative fueled buses will be funded at lower levels.

Application Process

To access the application, school districts are to log into NexSys using the MILogin portal and search for 74(b) Clean Bus Energy Grant. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the NexSys portal and are due no later than 5:00 PM ET on July 12, 2024. If all funds are not exhausted, future funding rounds with or without modifications to the program will occur.

Please note the following pages that must be filled out and uploaded with the grant application:

  • Page 11 MI Clean School Bus Program School Board Awareness Certification
  • Page 12 MI Clean School Bus Program Utilities Awareness Certification
  • Page 13 MI Clean School Bus Program Scrappage Statement
  • Page 14-15 MI Clean School Bus Program Service Level Agreement

Support and FAQs

Questions should be emailed to [email protected].

Check out the FAQ here.

Support Hours

Weekly office hours will be held by MDE and MAPT every Friday from 9:30- 10:30 AM ET to assist applicants with their questions. The ZOOM link for these office hours is HERE.

Webinars

December 12, 2023 Webinar: MAPT/EPA “How Utilities Can Assist with Electrifying Your Fleet & Case Study Examples”

This past webinar recording from December 2023 (start at 27:00) highlights TCO and utility engagement (41:00) with school districts across Michigan. It was originally created to share information on the EPA Clean School Bus Program Rebates Round that closed in February 2024, but it will be helpful to understand what to expect from your utilities if you are considering an electric school bus. A list of utility contacts will be posted here shortly. We recommend contacting your school district’s utility account manager ASAP and inquire about options for fleet electrification.

June 12, 2024 Webinar: MDE/MAPT “Michigan’s 74(b) Clean Bus Energy Grant Overview”

June 12th: MI Clean Bus Energy Grant Webinar slides

Press Release

Michigan opens $125 Million grant program for schools to purchase cleaner school buses.

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