The Missouri Department of Natural Resources accepted applications Monday, March 2 through May 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. CDT. Qualifying applicants included government agencies and private entities that own eligible buses.

Implementation Guidelines

Program requirements

For the purposes of this category, “Government,” means a state or local government agency (including a school district, municipality, city, county, special district, transit district, joint powers authority, or port authority, owning fleets purchased with government funds), and a tribal government or native village.

Program Requirements must be followed. Highlights include:

  • Eligible engine model years are 2009 and older.
  • Eligible vehicles are government–owned and nongovernment-owned buses 2009 and older engine model year Class 4-8 vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds used for transporting people. School buses are not eligible under this award category.
  • Old engine or vehicle must be permanently disabled.
  • May repower or replace with new diesel, biodiesel, alternate fuel, or all-electric engine.
  • May receive from 25% to 75% of the cost of the project, depending on repower or replacement, and government or nongovernment ownership.
  • Maximum amount of fund request per applicant this round is $1 million.

Waiver Information

In limited circumstances, the department may grant a waiver to Missouri’s VW Trust Program Requirements. To qualify, the applicant must provide the following information:

  • The applicant must identify the program requirement for which the waiver is being requested.
  • The applicant must document the reason for the waiver request. 
  • If the applicant is requesting a waiver of a deadline, the applicant must propose a timeline for compliance.
  • Notification of the waiver will be provided by email to the person and email address specified by the requester
  • The applicant must acknowledge that the department cannot, under any circumstances, waive any provisions of the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust. If uncertain, we highly encourage you to reach out to us to determine if a waiver is possible for your particular circumstances.

Example reason for waiver:
An entity is unable to disable their vehicle within the 60-day allowed period after delivery of the new vehicle and requests a two-week extension. Reasons for the extension have included delays with licensing the new vehicle, weather delays at the metal recycling operation for disabling the old vehicle, complications related to COVID quarantine requirements, etc.

By issuing a waiver, the department is waiving penalty assessments based on the conditions of the waiver. The waiver shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of other program requirements or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach of any program requirements.

Awarded Projects

The list below shows applicants awarded under the Transit and Shuttle Bus category. The list includes selected applicants receiving funding from February 2019 to present.

Selected Awardees FY19

Project Ranking Information FY20

SAM II Input Form