Interested in funding for clean buses?

The VW Mitigation Trust has $130 million in funds to replace older, high-polluting transit, school, and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses. Replacing an older bus with a zero-emission bus eliminates particulate matter and other pollutants that impact children and residents riding the buses, as well as residents throughout California communities. During the project’s 10-year period, approximately 425 vehicles will be replaced with an incentive amount of up to $400,000 per vehicle.

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California is experiencing record demand for zero-emission school buses. As a result, the zero-emission school bus bin of the VW Mitigation Trust Fund is now oversubscribed, and applications are no longer being accepted for Installment One of the fund.

Money for transit and shuttle buses is still available!

What You'll Need
  • Copy of title
  • IRS Form W-9.
  • Dated and itemized dealer quote for the proposed new bus.
  • Authorization of project implementation and signing authority (Board Resolution)
  • Copy of the current California Highway Patrol Safety Certification (CHP form 292) for each bus on the application. - School Bus Only
  • Copy of the current Department of Motor Vehicles registration for each bus on the application.
  • Copy of proof of insurance for the past 24 months that is specific to the current bus.
Materials & Guidelines
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About VW Mitigation Trust

California VW Mitigation Trust

The purpose of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust is to fully mitigate the excess NOx emissions caused by VW's actions. In California, that amounts to 10,000 tons of NOx that must be reduced. Implementing California's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan will fully mitigate the excess NOx and additionally commits to long-term air quality and climate goals by investing in zero-emission technologies. Applications are now being accepcted.

The mitigation plan for California contains a variety of funding categories that are listed below. Information about all funding categories will be discussed at the workgroup meetings.

Statewide Funding Categories

All funding is available to entities throughout the state of California

Public Workgroup & Events

The public is invited to participate in a stakeholder workgroup meeting to provide input regarding the implementation of California's $423 million allocation of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust (Mitigation Trust). There will be six duplicate workshops held across the state.

Where When Location Details
SACRAMENTO Thursday April 11, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
CALEPA Headquarters Building
Room 550, Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Audio teleconferencing will be available
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY Tuesday April 16, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Bakersfield Office VTC Room
34946 Flyover Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Fresno Office VTC Room
1990 E. Gettysburg Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726

Modesto Office VTC Room
4800 Enterprise Way
Modesto, CA 95356
Webcast will be available
LOS ANGELES AREA Wednesday April 17, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 Copley Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Webcast will be available
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Tuesday April 23, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
Hilton Garden Inn
5050 Bechelli Lane
Redding, CA 96002
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Tuesday April 30, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
San Diego Community College
Educational Cultural Complex Theatre
4343 Ocean View Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113
BAY AREA Monday May 6, 2019
10AM to 12:30PM
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Webcast will be available