Notice of Intent: Accelerating Clean Transportation School Bus (ACTBus)

ACT School Bus aims to deploy $8M for bus fleet electrification planning support to Massachusetts school districts. MassCEC will retain two technical consultant teams to support these efforts. ACT School Bus is now open and accepting applications from technical consultants under two separate RFPs. Please find links to these RFPs below. This program complements the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean School Bus Program- the first round of applications for this rebate program are open now!

Here are some initial steps that school districts in Massachusetts can take to prepare themselves for the EPA and MassCEC's school bus funding:

Status
Open
Status Details
Opened July 27, 2022​
Application Deadline
August 29, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT
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Funding Schedule

The timeline* for ACTBus is:

PROCESS STEP

TIMING

Release Fleet Advisory and Program Services RFPs

Opened: July 27, 2022​

Deadline: August 29, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT

Release School RFP

Late August 2022

Award Selection

Early Fall 2022

Project Deployment and Advisory Services Launch

Fall 2022

*All dates are subject to change at MassCEC’s discretion.

Resources

ACT School Bus Program Background

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 awarded clean transportation projects, three of which were school bus electrification grants and six of which provided positive environmental justice benefits. 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, span a range of topic areas including e-bike pilots and EV consumer education and will be deployed in various environmental justice neighborhoods and Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth. MassCEC developed the ACT School Bus program to complement the EPA's Clean School Bus funding and also to 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 Program Background

Following the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA's Clean School Bus Program will provide five billion dollars over the next five years (FY22-26) for clean school bus programming. Under the program, half of the funding is dedicated for 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 include 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. The EPA intends to prioritize applications from organizations that service high-need school districts and low income areas, rural school districts, and tribal school districts. Applications will be open via online form from May-August 2022, and applicants will be notified of their selection status in October 2022.