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HEADS UP: Electric School Bus Rebate Program Deadline Approaching, GASP Encourages Regional Eligible School Districts to Apply

We just wanted to put out a gentle reminder: American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds are now available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for electric school bus rebates as part of an effort to address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks to children in 20 Pennsylvania school districts.

But the deadline to apply is quickly approaching. Here’s what you need to know:

The 2021 ARP Electric School Bus Rebates offers $7 million to eligible school districts and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new electric ones. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses with new electric buses will receive a rebate of $300,000 per bus. School districts must apply for the funds no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5.

Eligibility requirements must be met for school districts to apply for the ARP electric school bus rebates; visit:  ARP Electric School Bus Rebates Eligibility List.

The School Districts in Pennsylvania that are eligible to apply for the ARP electric school bus rebates include:

  • Aliquippa School District
  • Brownsville Area School District
  • Clairton City School District
  • Duquesne City School District
  • Erie City School District PA Farrell Area School District
  • Greater Johnstown School District
  • Hanover Area School District
  • Jeannette City School District
  • New Kensington-Arnold School District
  • Sto-Rox School District
  • Wilkinsburg Borough School District

“So many recent health studies agree: Dirty diesel school bus emissions are harmful to our kids’ health because their lungs aren’t fully mature, which makes them more sensitive to the impacts of air pollution,” GASP Executive Director Patrick Campbell said. “We hope local, eligible school districts will jump at the opportunity to apply for this grant program.”

For more information visit https://www.epa.gov/dera/2021-american-rescue-plan-arp-electric-school-bus-rebates

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