Biodiesel grants available to Ohio school districts


Buckeye Farm News

Ohio is providing an additional $250,000 in grants to fund the use of soy biodiesel in Ohio school buses.

 Thanks to the Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program, 21 school districts are already powering their buses with soy biodiesel and providing cleaner air for their students, according to the Ohio Soybean Council.

 This grant program was included in Gov. Ted Strickland’s biennium budget last July as a result of the legislative work of the Ohio Soybean Association and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Schools that did not take advantage of funding from the first round are encouraged to apply for the second round of funding.

 To be considered for grant funding and download an application, administrators are encouraged to visit School districts are eligible for a maximum of $25,000, and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis within four weeks of approval. Applicants will be required to provide information about their fleets, refueling practices and estimates of how much B20 soy biodiesel will be used. Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis, and the deadline to apply is May 31.

 Under direction of ODOD’s Ohio Energy Office, applying for the grant program is an easy step-by-step process, and assistance in filling out the application is made available through the Ohio Soybean Council.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.