Funding Updates

HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application Remains Open!

October 2, 2023

The HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & Energy Infrastructure Incentive for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles Project (EnergIIZE) Joint Application remains open on a first-come, first-served basis with limited funding available. Don’t wait, apply today!

The priority application window opened June 20, 2023, at 10:00am (PT) and closed September 29, 2023, at 5pm (PT). The priority application window prioritized funding to applicants in small air districts and applicants located in a Disadvantaged Community or a Low-Income Community. Now all applications will be reviewed for funding in the order they are received.

All eligible applications received prior to September 29, 2023, at 5pm (PT) will receive a conditional funding award after eligibility criteria are verified.

Compared to Standard HVIP, the Public School Bus Set-Aside offers higher voucher amounts, prioritizes fleet owners in rural and underserved communities, and requires the scrappage of an old school bus. The joint application with EnergIIZE can also provide funding for the installation of charging infrastructure to help power your new zero-emission school buses.

Funds are limited so apply today!

How to Apply

The application link can be found at, on Card #1 titled, “FY22-23 HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside & EnergIIZE – Joint Application.”

Eligible applicants interested in applying should be prepared to provide the following at time of application:

1. A Letter of Intent. A template can be found here: Letter of Intent Template
2. A copy of the DMV registration for each old school bus included on the application
3. Preliminary information regarding existing and planned charging infrastructure

Purchaser Workshop

The Electric School Bus Network California Forum (formerly known as the California Electric School Bus Working Group) hosted a Purchaser Workshop for eligible applicants interested in learning more about how to apply for funding. The Purchaser Workshop covered the available and upcoming funding opportunities for electric school buses and associated infrastructure, including the HVIP Public School Bus Set-Aside and EnergIIZE.

Watch the Purchaser Workshop.

FY22-23 Purchaser Eligibility

Eligible applicants include Public School Districts, Public Charter Schools, Joint Power Authorities, County Offices of Education, and the Division of State Special Schools located in small and medium air districts. All applicants must serve students within the K-12th grade levels.

Participation in the Public School Bus Set-Aside funding requires the scrappage of an old school bus for each new school bus that is awarded. The old school bus requirements are as follows: the chassis must be a 2010 model or older, applicant owned, CHP certified, and have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds. The old school bus can be any internal combustion engine using any fuel type.

FY 22-23 HVIP Implementation Manual, Appendix G – Public School Bus Set-Aside

The program requirements are detailed in the FY 22-23 HVIP Implementation Manual – Appendix G, which is located at The policies and requirements in the HVIP Implementation Manual apply to the Public School Bus Set-Aside. In instances where the policies and requirements differ, those outlined in Appendix G take precedence for the Public School Bus Set-Aside.

Please reach out to [email protected] with questions or to subscribe to Public School Bus Set-Aside updates. We’re here to help.

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