U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Key Grant Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) understands that distinct rural character is often connected to stewardship for a community’s natural resources, which can be protected by design as rural areas grow.
USDOT partners with EPA to design practicable solutions to the problem of transportation systems’ environmental impact, including sustainable planning, transit-oriented development (TOD), and improvements in fuel efficiency and economy.
EPA funds unique air-quality transportation opportunities for diesel-dependent rural communities to replace legacy transit vehicles with low- or zero-emission alternatives, including school buses.
Discretionary Grant Programs
Below are brief descriptions of EPA grant programs.
For more information on these opportunities, follow the links in each description, which lead to individual grant program pages in the Grant Applicant Toolkit’s DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard, where you can search federal grant opportunities at USDOT and other federal agencies that can aid communities in meeting their transportation infrastructure needs.
Clean School Bus Rebates Program (CSB)
The Clean School Bus Rebates Program (CSB) supports the replacement of up to 25 existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) models, including electric vehicles (EV).
Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Clean School Bus Rebates Program (CSB) page.
DERA National Grants
DERA National Grants support the replacement of many high-emission vehicles with energy efficient transportation and technologies, especially fleets operating in poor air quality or goods movement facilities and areas.
Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s DERA National Grants page.
DERA Tribal and Insular Area Grants
The DERA Tribal and Insular Area Grants funds the replacement of high-emission diesel vehicles and engines among Tribal and Alaska Native communities.
Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s DERA Tribal and Insular Area Grants page.