Bus services: grants and funding

Information about the Bus Service Operators Grant and Better Bus Areas, including guidance for bus operators.

Apply for BSOG

There are 2 different application forms for the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG). Which one you should fill in depends on whether you are a commercial operator or a non-profit organisation.

Commercial operators

Community operators

You can email the form to If you have any queries please contact the team directly on 0207 944 8588.

How BSOG works

BSOG is a grant paid to operators of eligible bus services and community transport organisations to help them recover some of their fuel costs.

The amount each bus operator receives is based on their annual fuel consumption.

BSOG also aims to benefit passengers by:

  • helping operators keep fares down
  • enabling operators to run services that might otherwise be unprofitable and could lead to cancellation

Updates to the BSOG claims process

We are currently working to build a digitised system to make the BSOG claims process more efficient.

As a part of the BSOG community, if you have any ideas, comments or would like to participate in testing relating to this project, contact

BSOG spend

BSOG payments are made to bus service operators and community transport operators.

Payments are also made to local authorities for running bus services. These sums are broadly equivalent to BSOG payments previously paid to authorities for running section 19 community transport services in-house and bus operators for running services under tender to local authorities. If you should require further information, please contact

Local authorities listed in this transparency data come from the address given on the claim form and the claimed services are not necessarily all or partly carried out in that area.

Better Bus Area status was awarded to 5 areas in England, which received payments between April 2013 and March 2018.

Published 8 May 2015
Last updated 17 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Additional coronavirus (COVID-19) funding is available for bus operators.

  2. Bus Service Operators Grant payments to English operators up to 31 March 2018 added.

  3. Bus Service Operators Grant payments to English operators up to 31 March 2016.

  4. Value for money research reports published.

  5. Collection updated to include the 'Local bus market study' by KPMG on behalf on Department for Transport.

  6. First published.