If an application proposes the use of formula funds up to the cost of a conventional bus and Low-No funds for the incremental cost of a zero emission bus, would the use of formula funds require competitive procurement?
The NOFO states applicants can request Low-No funds for the incremental cost of low-no buses over standard vehicles. Applicants may choose to combine formula and Low-No funding. If an applicant chooses to include formula funding in an application that includes a partnership, the applicant will not have to go through the competitive procurement process. The Low-No Program’s competitive selection process satisfies the requirement for a competitive procurement.