Dear Schools,

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is extending the deadline to apply for funds to replace model year 2002-2006 higher polluting diesel-powered C and D type school buses with new, clean diesel or propane buses. Electric school bus replacements for 2002-2009 diesel-powered C and D type school buses are also eligible for funding. This application process will award successful applications the lower of either $25,000 or 25 percent of the cost of the new diesel or propane buses or the lower of either $134,500 or 45 percent of the cost of a new battery electric bus.

This program is only to eligible school districts that are located in Flathead, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Silver Bow and Rosebud Counties.

The revised schedule and extended application deadline below replace the original schedule on page 6 of the Request for Applications (RFA) attached.

Revised Schedule:

Questions from schools/vendors to DEQ point of contact by: Monday, December 10, 2018
Last Date for response to questions- Monday, December 17, 2018

Deadline for Applications- Friday, December 28, 2018
Evaluation process completed- Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Final selections- Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Notification of awards- Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Sign contracts and begin project- Friday, January 25, 2019
Deliverables due and projects completed- Monday, September 30, 2019

Additional information about limitations on the use of these funds (e.g. replacement schedules, model years, types, emission standards, etc.) is included in the application materials in the RFA.

All application materials can be sent to:

Bill Webb
Montana DEQ – Energy Bureau
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
406-444-6465 (phone), 406-444-6836 (fax), Email: