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Guaranteed Funding.
Guaranteed Results.

Apply for EPA Clean School Bus Program funding with Highland and get 2+ buses and savings over your current budget, guaranteed.*

*Terms and conditions apply

Get Paid to Upgrade with EPA Funding

The EPA Clean School Bus Program is the largest school bus funding opportunity in U.S. history. With up to $5 billion available for school bus electrification, the 5-year program is accepting applications through August for a first phase offering $500 million in rebates.



The first round opened May 20th and runs through August 19, with grants awarded through a lottery. Selected districts will be notified in October.

Let Highland Help

Avoid the Pitfalls

Even with EPA funding, there’s no such thing as a free bus. Highland saves your district the expense and effort of electrifying on your own:

Hidden Costs

  • Infrastructure Installation
  • Bus & Charger Maintenance
  • Depot Upgrades

Construction Challenges

  • Project Engineering
  • Utility Upgrades
  • Project Permitting

Operational Complexity

  • Charge Management
  • Vehicle To Grid (V2G)

Why Apply with Highland

Not everyone will get EPA funding this round.  Highland guarantees seamless, affordable, and successful electric upgrades for fleets of all sizes. For districts with an existing minimum fleet size of 50 buses who apply for EPA funding with us*, we offer additional guarantees.

*Terms and conditions apply

Guaranteed Subsidies

Get 2+ Buses at EPA Prices

Whether or not you win EPA Clean School Bus Program funding, Highland guarantees two or more school buses at EPA prices to districts with large fleets (50+ buses) that apply with us. The largest fleets can receive up to five buses.

Guaranteed Savings

Get More for Your Budget

Highland can help your district upgrade to electric school buses AND guarantee savings over your current budget. Our size, experience, and capital create efficiencies that lower project costs and stretch incentive dollars further, including EPA funding.

How Highland Works

Guaranteed Upgrades

Improve Your Depot

From infrastructure installation to paving and bus barn maintenance, Highland manages the entire project from start to finish, so you and your team can focus on what you do best.

“Without Highland, we wouldn't have electric school buses today; that really is the bottom line. And we certainly avoided some potholes in the road because of their expertise.”

Catherine Barrett, Director of Grants
Beverly, MA

"The EPA's five-year program is a massive amount of money. That's bringing a lot of companies out of the woodwork, hoping to get a piece of the pie. School districts should be aware of that and work with an experienced partner that has been vetted—like Highland."

Robert Kanter, General Manager

Arizona Bus Center

Application Timeline

May-August

1Partner with Highland

Partner with Highland on your EPA Application

2Submit Application

Highland creates the application for you to submit by August 19, 2022

October and Beyond

3Lottery Results Announced

The EPA selects districts for rebate awards via a lottery

EPA Clean School Bus Program Webinar

School transportation news
Watch the Recorded Webinar

Frequently Asked Questions

How much funding is available?

How does the program prioritize electric buses?

How many buses can I receive rebates for?

How much is available in rebates for each bus?

What are prioritized districts?

Do I have to scrap my diesel buses?

Download Program Guide