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Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program

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Overview

The Electric School Bus Grant Program application process will reopen March 4, 2024.

Updates will be posted to this website as information becomes available.

In May 2022 the Colorado Legislature adopted Senate Bill 22-193 Air Quality Improvement Investments. This bill created the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program through which the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will solicit interest for electric school buses and their associated charging infrastructure from eligible organizations for funding consideration at the conclusion of a grant application process.

Senate Bill 22-193 directs CDPHE to prioritize funding for school districts and charter schools (1) located in, or attended by, students living in disproportionately impacted communities; (2) located in nonattainment areas; or (3) at which a percentage of students, as determined by CDPHE, receive free or reduced-price lunches under a qualifying school lunch program.  In addition to this criteria, CDPHE encourages all school districts state-wide to apply for funding consideration.

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Current Incentives

Listed below are maximum funding incentives offered through the Colorado Electric School Bus program. These incentive levels will be periodically revisited and revised over time. Charging infrastructure incentives from the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program can be combined with other incentives, such as utility rebates, to lower out-of-pocket costs for the applicant.

New Battery Electric Vehicles (per vehicle, up to):

Non-bus student transportation Type A-B School Bus Type C-D School Bus
$10,000 $275,000 $375,000

 

 

 

Charging infrastructure (per port, up to): *

<19 kW 19-49 kW 50-99 kW 100 kW+
Single Dual Single Dual Single Dual Single Dual
$3,500 $7,000 $5,500 $11,000 $37,000 $52,000 $52,000 $72,000

 

 

 

 

*Charging amounts mirror those offered by infrastructure programs at the Colorado Energy Office.

Miscellaneous (fixed amounts):

Scrappage Project Start-up High Voltage Training
$1,000 $1,000 $6,000

 

 

 

 

1. Scrappage: Applicants may request up to $1,000 (per application) to support costs associated with vehicle scrappage.  Receipts for towing and/or invoices from a scrap yard may be required by the state in order to reimburse costs.

2. Project Start-up: Applicants may request a $1,000 (per application) stipend to support project start-up costs associated with the Colorado Clean School Bus Grant program.

3. High Voltage Training: Applicants may request up to $6,000 to certify school-district fleet technicians in the maintenance and repair of high voltage battery and electrical systems found on electric school buses. Documentation of a training completion may be required by the state in order to reimburse costs. 

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School Bus Conversions

Conversions of existing fossil-fueled powered vehicles into battery or fuel-cell electric powered vehicles will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Fleets interested in a full conversion will have the opportunity to provide additional information on their intent as part of the application process.

CDPHE supports the advancement of new, clean vehicle technology. However, in order to ensure that vehicles identified for conversion remain in safe operational condition for students, drivers and the communities they serve, the following information will be required for each vehicle a fleet intends to convert. Additional information and requirements for vehicle conversions can be found in the program guide linked below.

School Bus Conversions (per vehicle, up to):

Type A-B School Bus Type C-D School Bus
45% of total conversion cost 55% of total conversion cost

 

 

 

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School Bus Retirement

CDPHE requires that an applicant retire or convert a minimum of 20% of the vehicles requested, per application.  For example, if a district requests grant funding for five vehicles, the district will be required to retire or convert at least one vehicle per this requirement.  Districts that apply for fewer than  five vehicles will not be required to retire a unit.  However, if an applicant applies to the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant program more than once, their scrappage and/or conversion history will be reviewed by CDPHE and the state will require this 20% retirement/conversion requirement to be met across multiple applications.  


CDPHE strongly encourages applicants to prioritize scrappage of pre-2009 diesel-powered buses as these buses do not have modern pollution controls. In instances where fleets do not have pre-2009 diesel-powered buses, CDPHE will work with fleets to identify the highest priority vehicles based upon fleet information submitted with the application. For the purposes of this grant program scrappage shall mean rendering the bus inoperable by cutting both frame rails in half, and permanently disabling the engine block. Additional information and requirements for vehicle conversions can be found in the program guide linked below.

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Application Process

The online application will be available on March 29, 2023. All applicants must submit the application online by 5:00 PM MDT June 30, 2023. Please submit questions about the program via email to matthew.goble@state.co.us. Responses will be posted to this webpage by noon 5/12/2023. Applicants may begin preparing responses using the MS Word formatted grant application, which is available for preparatory purposes. 

View the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program guide

Download the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program preparatory grant application (MS Word)

Open the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program Online Application

Application Materials

Download Fleet List Template (Excel)

Download Vehicle Scrappage Template (Excel)

Download Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire (pdf)

Open the Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire

The next application process opens on March 4, 2024.

Dates below will be updated as information becomes available. 

    Timeline  Time Date
    RFA published and grant application open N/A        3/29/2023  
    Deadline for applicants to submit inquiries. Submit inquiries by email to matthew.goble@state.co.us  (No questions will be accepted after this date/time)  5:00 PM MDT 5/3/2023
    Answers to inquiries and any changes to the RFA published  Noon MDT 5/12/2023
    Application submission deadline  5:00 PM MDT 6/30/2023
    Estimated Notification of Award N/A August 2023
     
     
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    Additional Resources 


    Want to help promote the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program? Share this flier in your community! Download the PDF in both English and Spanish.

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    Questions

    Contact matthew.goble@state.co.us

    Resources linked on this website are in English. We can provide interpretation in Spanish. Please email cdphe.commentsapcd@state.co.us to request interpretation.