School districts across New England are now eligible to apply for a portion of $500 million toward the purchase of zero-emissions school buses, which benefit the environment and children’s health. The funding is the first round of money available out of the $5 billion national investment for low and zero-emission school buses over five years secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In addition to helping the enviroment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting health, low- and zero-emissions buses will drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create jobs. Boston announced last month that it plans to replace its entire fleet of more than 700 buses with electric vehicles. The EPA is accepting applications from until August 19.