For fiscal year 2018 (July 2018 through June 2019), the department is matching the state Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant with Volkswagen Trust funds, ensuring Missouri qualifies for the federal matching bonus. The guidelines below describe the process and rounds the department plans to follow in future years.

Implementation Guidelines: DERA Option

Federal Terms and Conditions (if applicable)

Funding Process

The department is using the 2018 state DERA grant to fund an early school bus replacement program. In order to qualify, the older bus engine must be from model years 1995 to 2006, and the fleet owner must not have the bus scheduled for replacement for at least three years if not for the grant.

In August 2018, the air program released a request for applications to solicit early school bus replacement projects. Eligible applicants included school bus owners with buses operating in Missouri.The selected applicants will receive up to $22,000 for each bus replaced, with up to three new diesel bus replacements and up to 10 bus replacements for alternative fuels, including propane, natural gas, and 100 percent electricity.The department received 67 applications from 64 school districts and three bus contractors for a total of 137 bus replacements.

In September 2018, the air program held a lottery drawing to select the awardees. The first 29 buses will be funded through the 2018 Missouri Clean Diesel Program, and another 45 buses will be funded through the Volkswagen Trust School Bus category.

Selected Awardees

The list below shows applicants to be awarded under either the 2018 Missouri Clean Diesel Program or the Volkswagen Trust School Bus Category. The list includes selected applicants receiving funding from October 2018 through June 2019, and those selected as alternates who could be funded before June 2019 if a selected awardee declines or withdraws from the project. All alternate applicants will have their projects funded according to the implementation guidelines.

Selected Awardees List

More information is on the Clean Diesel page.