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Apply by Dec. 11 for Clean Diesel grants

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for funding under the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program. The program provides rebates to assist in purchasing new buses to replace old, high-emitting diesel buses.

The primary goals of the program are to reduce students’ exposure to pollution and to facilitate the improvement and protection of the ambient air quality throughout South Dakota.

There will be approximately $491,757 of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds, $327,838 of VW Category 10 DERA funds, and $90,278 of VW category 2 bus funds available for the projects and any remaining funds from the previous round of grants.

The South Dakota programs will provide rebates to help public schools, non-public schools, state special schools, approved educational programs, shuttle or transit system providers, and school bus contractors purchase new buses to replace old, high-emitting, diesel buses.

Total rebate per replacement bus will be up to 25% of the purchase price of a 2019 engine model year or newer engine certified to EPA emission standards, 35% of the purchase price of a 2019 engine model year or newer engine certified to meet CARB’s Low-NOx standards, or 45% of the purchase price of a zero tailpipe emissions bus. DENR intends to award funds to as many eligible applicants throughout the state as possible.

The application deadline for initial consideration is Dec. 11. More information is available on DENR’s Clean Diesel Grant Program webpage. Questions? Contact the DENR Air Quality office at 605-773-3151.

 
     
 

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