Clean Air Grants for Buses

The 2022 Clean Air Grants Program has closed. The last day to submit applications was August 31, 2022. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to be added to the email notification list for our 2023 Clean Air Grants Program.

2022 Clean Air Grants for School Buses

Si requiere asistencia para someter una solicitud en español, comuníquese con el Distrito al [email protected]

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has grant funds for diesel powered school bus replacements. Successful projects will be eligible to receive a grant within a range from $10,000 to $250,000.

  • Priority will be given to zero-emission or near-zero emission technology projects, along with projects located within low-income and disadvantaged communities, as defined by this map:
  • The District has final discretion on how grant funds are distributed.

Eligible Vehicles:

  • School buses that are owned by a public school district.

Project Requirements:

  • Applications are limited to one grant project per school district with final determination at the District’s discretion.
  • School buses proposed for replacement must be operating in-service at the time of application and operation must be demonstrated during a District pre-inspection.
  • Funded vehicles must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles within Santa Barbara County for the last 24 months.
  • Fleet must be compliant with all local, state, and federal air quality regulations and must not have any unresolved Notices of Violation.
  • Replacement equipment must be a zero-emission bus or low NOx bus (with a CARB certified engine meeting emission levels of 0.10 g/bhp NOx or less).
  • School buses must meet the requirements of CARB’s Lower Emission School Bus Program.

How to Apply:

1. Determine your vehicle’s eligibility for this programPlease see CARB’s 2017 Carl Moyer Guidelines, Chapter 4 and Community Air Protection Project Guidelines  for full details
2. Gather the required information about your vehicle, engine, and replacement vehicle and engine.
3. Apply for grant funds in person, by mail, email, or online.

Please see application on the right for more information.


Program opens Monday, July 25, 2022
Program closes Wednesday, August 31, 2022

  • Download PDF application
  • Complete online application


Contact us via email at [email protected].

This program is part of our 2022 Clean Air Grants Program funded by California Air Resources Board’s Carl Moyer Program, Community Air Protection Program, and Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions Program (FARMER). For more information, see 2022 Clean Air Grants.

Additional Funding Sources and Information for Cleaner On-Road Vehicles

Funding  for hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses, as well as low-NOx natural gas engines, is available through California’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Incentive Program.

Additional funding and regulatory resources for heavy-duty truck operators can be found on the California Air Resources Board Truck Stop page.