School bus.For fiscal year 2018 (July 2018 through June 2019), the department will fund school bus replacements projects for both financially disadvantaged schools and all other school districts. The guidelines below describe the process and rounds the department plans to follow in future years.

Implementation Guidelines: School Buses

Applications for fiscal year 2018 for all school districts are through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) application process. Your single application through DERA acts as your application for both DERA funding and school bus funding under the Volkswagen Trust.

Funding Process

In August 2018, the air program released a request for applications to solicit 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

Financially Disadvantaged Schools

On Dec. 17, 2018, the department selected five districts from the list of 29 eligible districts to fund a full bus replacement. See the map below for the five districts to be funded in 2018. All 29 eligible districts are listed in the guidelines document linked above.

Drawing Results
Drawing Results Map


Nov. 8, 2018 Webinar
Nov. 8, 2018 Presentation