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CLEAN DIESEL GRANT PROGRAM

South Dakota Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) & Volkswagen School Bus, Shuttle Bus, and Transit Bus Rebate Programs

 

State Program Updated for Round Eleven

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently accepting applications for the eleventh round of 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 programs are to reduce your school children’s exposure to both fine particulate and smog-forming pollution and to facilitate the improvement and protection of the ambient air quality throughout South Dakota.

Initially, there will be approximately $280,000 of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds available for the projects. If the 2019 SD Legislature gives spending authority for the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust, an additional $837,000 will be available.

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 2018 engine model year or newer engine certified to EPA emission standards, 35% of the purchase price of a 2018 engine model year or newer engine certified to meet CARB’s Low-NOx standards, or 45% of the purchase price of an all-electric bus. DENR intends to award funds to as many eligible applicants throughout the state as possible. 

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 applicants execute an agreement with DENR.

 

Tentative Schedule for October 2017 - September 2019  

 

Date

Activity

November 6, 2017

Call for Round Ten Projects Opens

December 15, 2017

Call for Round Ten Projects Deadline

 

December 18, 2017 - January 5, 2018

 

Evaluate & Select Round Ten Projects

January 8, 2018

Announce Round Ten Awarded DERA Projects

January 2018 -

August 2018

Schools will purchase buses for Round Ten

September 2018

 

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

November 5, 2018 Call for Round Eleven Projects Opens
December 14, 2018 Call for Round Eleven Projects Initial Deadline
December 17, 2018 - January 11, 2019 Evaluate & Select Round Eleven Projects
January 14, 2019

Post Round Eleven Selected Projects Ranking List.  Email rebate agreements to highest ranking applicants.

 
If/when VW Mitigation Trust Funding authority is approved Email rebate agreements to the remaining highest ranked applicants until all funds are allocated.

January 2019 -

April 2019

Recipients will order buses and email DENR copies of purchase orders.
September 2019 Deadline for all invoices and paperwork to be submitted to DENR for Round Eleven
   

 

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

 

Round Eleven rebate applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 14, 2018

 

Email appications to barb.regynski@state.sd.us or mail applications to:

     Bus Rebate Programs

     SD DENR AQ Program

     523 E Capitol

     Pierre, SD  57501

Information on Oct 2009 - Sept 2012 Grant Period

Information on Oct 2012 - Sept 2014 Grant Period

Information on Oct 2014 - Sept 2017 Grant Period

 

 

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