The Indiana Office of Energy Development recently announced that they are accepting applications from public school corporations for the Indiana Propane School Bus grant program. Their announcement marks the third round of grant funding made available by the OED dedicated to propane school buses.
According to OED Director Tristan Vance, propane school buses offer a variety of benefits such as increasing fuel diversity, lowering maintenance costs through the use of a cleaner burning fuel and most importantly, decreasing student exposure to harmful emissions.
Fifty percent to one-hundred percent of the incremental cost difference between a new propane-powered school bus and a diesel or gasoline-powered school bus would be received by grant recipients.
Indiana public school corporations interested in applying for the grant must own their own buses in order to eligible. Applicants should have access to propane fueling infrastructure or show that they will have access if a grant is awarded. While cost sharing of the incremental cost is not a requirement for applicants, special consideration is given to applications that leverage additional funding or those with in-kind funding.
Applications are being accepted through November 1st. Grant recipients will be notified about the status of their applications by December 1st. To access the OED Indiana Propane School Bus grant program application click here.