State Program Updated for Round Seven


You are invited to apply for funding from the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program (Program). This year there is approximately $67,000 available for funding. The Program provides funds to assist you with the purchase of a new public school bus to replace an old, high-emitting diesel public school bus, and to equip in-use diesel school buses with exhaust control retrofit devices that significantly reduce toxic soot emissions. The primary goal of the Program is to reduce your school children’s exposure to both fine particulate and smog-forming pollution.  SD DENR provides the grant funding and administers the Program.  


Eligibility for the Program includes any SD public school district that directly provides transportation services for SD public schools.  There is no cost for the exhaust control retrofits.    Total award per school district for a replacement bus will be upto 25% of replacement cost.  Preference will be given to any SD public school district that has not received a replacement bus in a previous round.  DENR intends to award funds to as many eligible applicants throughout the state of South Dakota as possible.


Replacement bus funding will be awarded to replace older buses first.


Note: Funds cannot be used for replacements that would have occurred through normal attrition/fleet turnover within three years of the project start date.


Bus purchases must not occur before school districts receive school board approval and execute an agreement with DENR.



Tentative Schedule for October 2014 - September 2015  




November 3, 2014

Call for Round Seven Projects Opens

December 19, 2014

Call for Round Seven Projects Deadline


December 22, 2014 - January 9, 2015


Evaluate & Select Round Seven Projects

January 12, 2015

Announce Round Seven Awarded DERA Projects

January 2015 -

August 2015

Schools will purchase buses and DENR will award DOC projects for Round Seven

September 2015


Deadline for all invoices and paperwork to be submitted to DENR for Round Seven




  • Guidelines and Applications (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • Checklist for School Bus Replacement Application (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • School Bus Replacement Application (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • Checklist for School Bus Retrofit Application (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • School Bus Retrofit Application (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • School Bus Retrofit Additional Vehicles Sheet (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • Request for Reimbursement Form (PDF) or (DOCX)
  • Certificate of Disposal Form (PDF) or (DOCX)


Additional information about the Program is available by emailing the Program Administrator at or calling the Program Hotline at 1-800-GET-DENR (1-800-438-3367).


Round Seven grant applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 19, 2014


Send applications to:

     Clean Diesel Grant Program

     SD DENR – AQ Program

     523 E Capitol

     Pierre, SD  57501


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