Focus On Air Division
Nebraska Clean Diesel Grant Program

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality established the Nebraska Clean Diesel Grant Program in 2008 to distribute funding received by the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions. This funding was authorized by Congress in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, or DERA, which was created as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DERA provides funding annually to states for the establishment of grant and loan programs that reduce diesel emissions. Since its inception, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Diesel Grant Program has awarded $1,009,632.31 to 38 recipients. An estimated annual reduction of 1,225 tons per year of diesel pollutants and 115,995 gallons of diesel fuel have been achieved.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) is announcing that funding is available to assist Nebraska schools to replace older school buses with new buses powered by an EPA or CARB certified 2013 or newer model year engine. New diesel engines must be equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). NDEQ is funding up to $19,900 but not more than 25% of the total cost of the newer, cleaner bus. NDEQ anticipates awarding six rebates. This is a reimbursement program. Applicants can apply for a maximum of one rebate. Previous school bus rebate recipients are
not eligible to apply for a rebate under this program. All eligible applications will have an equal chance at funding. This funding is made possible by the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Grant program.

Application materials, deadlines and eligibility requirements can be found here: 2015 Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Applications and Instructions.

Currently there are no Clean Diesel rebates available, but that status may change in the future. This web page will be updated when the program begins accepting new applications for rebates.

Who to Contact:

Contact the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Coordinator at (402) 471-4272 or by email