Tuesday, 16 April 2013

APCD offering money to Central Valley schools to retrofit buses

APCD offering money to Central Valley schools to retrofit buses, The San Joaquin Valley APCD yesterday announced a new grant program for retrofitting school buses with air pollution control devices. Interested school districts, joint powers authorities, and private transportation agencies in the eight county air basin may apply for the grants.

The program will offer up to $20,000 to purchase an ARB certified Level 3+ retrofit device and pay for other eligible expenses. The grants should help school districts comply with California's truck and bus regulations.

“Public health protection is our number one priority, and this funding is an important factor in cleaning up our air and protecting the health of our youngest residents and their communities,” said Samir Sheikh, the District’s grants program director. “This new program answers a real economic need of school districts in the Valley,” said Sheikh.

The new School Bus Incentives Program is fully funded by the Air District. Previously, the District awarded $18 million through a state program that retrofitted 975 school buses.

Schools may receive funding for multiple buses. Eligible buses must be:

Equipped with a 1987 or newer model year engine
Diesel fueled
Greater than 14,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Applications will be taken through June 7, 2013.

For more information, contact the Air District’s grants program at 559-230-5800

or visit APCD Grant Programs

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