On October 8, 2019, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released the following statement:
“Notice for Initial Phase for Electric School Buses and Finalized Beneficiary Mitigation Plan with Three Requests for Information to Develop Bus, Charging Stations, and DERA Initiatives
October 8, 2019
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is publishing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for an initial Electric School Bus Project, making $5 million available on a first come, first served basis for the full cost reimbursement of electric school buses. Eligible school districts must fall within one of the five Air Quality Priority Areas, as defined in the Department’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. This initial phase will provide best practices for the identification of the remaining $111 million for clean school, transit, and shuttle bus projects. School districts in Air Quality Priority Areas that wish to replace eligible diesel school buses with electric school buses and associated charging equipment, please visit the Department’s webpage at: https://floridadep.gov/volkswagen to download, complete, and submit an application worksheet before November 7, 2019, at 5:00 PM, E.T.
In addition to the NOFA, the Department is publishing three (3) Requests for Information (RFI) in conjunction with the submittal of the finalized Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan) to the Trustee of the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries. The purpose of the three (3) RFIs is to receive information from those interested in receiving funding for the project types selected in the Mitigation Plan. The three (3) RFIs are for the following projects types: School, Transit, and Shuttle Bus Replacement; Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI); and the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program. The RFIs will be available for a period of 30 days. The deadline to complete the RFIs is also November 7, 2019, 5:00 p.m., E.T. To access the Mitigation Plan and the RFIs, please go to the Department’s webpage at: https://floridadep.gov/volkswagen.
If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)-955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)-955-8770 (Voice).”