Accelerating Clean Transportation (ACT) School Bus: Overview

ACT School Bus Deployment Technical Assistance

The ACT School Bus program is deploying $33.3 million to advance school bus fleet electrification by providing planning, technical support, and gap funding to Massachusetts public school districts. ACT School Bus supports electric school bus deployment, leveraging other funding sources such as the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Clean School Bus Program.

MassCEC offers two program opportunities: Advisory Services and Fleet Deployment.

Advisory Services is currently open and accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Round 3 of the ACT School Bus Fleet Deployment Program will be released in the early spring of 2024. This RFP will complement the 2023 EPA Clean school Bus Rebate round.

Please continue to monitor both the ACT School Bus and EPA Clean School Bus webpages for timeline updates on future rounds of programming.

Which program is right for my school district?

Advisory Services

Up to 25 school bus fleets will receive free electrification planning services under the ACT School Bus Advisory Services Program.  This program does not provide funding to buy electric school buses.  Rather, it provides technical services to public school districts and/or third-party school bus fleet operators, including

  • Preparing for future funding opportunities
  • Identifying internal approval procedures
  • Feasibility designs
  • Financial modeling
  • Vehicle and charging station procurement plans
  • Educational materials

Fleet Deployment

The ACT School Bus Fleet Deployment Program offers to each selected school bus fleet up to $2.5 million in flexible funding for electric school buses, associated infrastructure, construction, and staff time.  Selected school districts can also receive free technical advice from MassCEC's hired consultant team. Services offered by the technical consultant for school districts include

  • Assistance with the electric school bus procurement process
  • Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) charging infrastructure selection, procurement, and installation
  • Recommendations for depot upgrades
  • Data collection on electric school bus performance
  • Plans for future electrification

Program Schedule

Program Stage


Fleet Deployment Program: Round 1 Awards

December 2022

Advisory Services Program: Application Period

Rolling: To be considered for selection, fill out this interest form.

Advisory Services Program: School District Selection and Project Launch

Beginning Summer 2023

Fleet Deployment Program: Round 2 Application Period

RFP released November 6, 2023. Applications due by January 11, 2024.

All dates are subject to change at MassCEC's discretion.  See respective program pages for more detailed schedules.

Resources and Support

Key Resources

ACT School Bus MASBO Presentation (May 2023)

US Department of Energy's Guide to Electric School Buses

Sierra Club School Bus Electrification Webinar: featuring EPA, MassCEC, and two Electric School Bus Deployment Projects

Support from Our Team

Email us at with any questions or to set up a call with MassCEC's Clean Transportation team.

Virtual Office Hours: We've set up several 30-minute time slots for you to speak directly with our Clean Transportation team.

FAQ & Additional Resources

How do school districts plan for bus electrification?
How do electric school buses interact with the electric grid?
Are there any examples of school bus electrification projects?
How do I get others on board?

Why electric school buses? (Educational presentation template for administrative or transportation leads)

Past Awardees

In December 2022, MassCEC awarded funding and technical assistance to six school districts across the Commonwealth under the first round of the ACT School Bus Fleet Deployment Program. 

Program Backgrounds

ACT School Bus

Launched in November 2019, the first round of ACT programming, Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (“ACTNow”), resulted in the deployment of $1.4 million in funding and leveraged over $2 million in external cost share funding across nine clean transportation projects, three of which were school bus electrification grants and six of which reduced air pollution in environmental justice communities. The second round of ACT programming, Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (“ACT4All”), focused on addressing transportation needs and burdens in disadvantaged communities. MassCEC awarded $5 million in funding through this equity-focused program across ten clean transportation projects. Selected projects, announced in February 2022, spanned a range of topic areas including e-bike pilots and EV consumer education and are being deployed in various environmental justice neighborhoods and Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth.

MassCEC developed the ACT School Bus program to complement EPA's Clean School Bus funding, serve as a continuation of the ACTNow school bus projects, and extend ACT4All’s equity focus by prioritizing high-needs and low-income school districts.

EPA School Bus

Following passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean School Bus Program will provide $5 billion over five years (FY22-26) for clean school bus programming. Under the program, half of the funding is dedicated to zero-emission school buses and half is for clean school buses (including zero-emission, propane, and natural gas buses). Eligible recipients for this first round of funding included state or local governments that provide bus service, contractors who sell or arrange financing for the sale of clean school buses, nonprofit school transportation associations, and tribes, tribal organizations, and tribally controlled schools. EPA prioritized applications from organizations that serve high-need school districts and low-income areas, rural school districts, and tribal school districts. Applications were open via online form from May-August 2022, and applicants were notified of their selection status in October 2022.