Funds help convert school buses to soy biodiesel

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COLUMBUS — Funding from the State of Ohio through the school bus grant program is available to help schools offset any cost difference between B20 soy biodiesel (20 percent soy biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel) and conventional petroleum diesel.

The grant program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Soybean Council is working to promote the grants through the Clean Air for Kids campaign.

Apply

School officials can apply for the grant money through the Clean Air for Kids Web site at www.soybiodiesel.org/kids.

School districts are eligible for a maximum of $25,000 and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis within four weeks of approval.

Applicants will be required to provide information about their fleets, refueling practices and estimates of B20 soy biodiesel to be used. Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

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