COLUMBUS—State Representative Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) today announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 School Bus Rebate Program.

The EPA is offering up to $20,000 in grant money per vehicle to replace older school buses and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. New and retrofitted vehicles will help reduce harmful exhaust emissions, improving the health of students and the community.

“I want to encourage the schools in my district to take advantage of this great opportunity by submitting applications for the grant program,” said McColley. “Our students deserve a safe and efficient means of transportation to and from school.  This grant program is not only beneficial to the health and safety of our students, but it’s also a great financial resource for our school districts.”

School districts, municipalities, or private entities that operate school buses through a contract may apply with the application form available at The application period is open until November 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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