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Grants for School Field Trips

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 14:09 PM

field_tripThe school year is a month in, and teachers are gearing up for field trips to pumpkin patches and corn mazes. These trips outside the school building are a great way to break up the school year, as well as a chance for hands-on education. Some of the best learning comes outside the classroom. So whether your school’s field trip ends with a science lesson or just a pumpkin to take home, we can help find funding to make it happen. Below is a hand-selected list of grants for school field trips.

Target

Target knows it’s hard for schools to find funding for intangibles like field trips. That is why the retail giant offers $700 to K-12 schools nationwide. Grant applications are accepted every year from Aug. 1 - Oct. 1. That deadline is coming right up! If you need help meeting it, get in touch. We can accommodate rush deadlines. Over 3,600 grants will be awarded this school year. Funds may be used for transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Walmart Community Giving Program

K-12 public or private schools could also apply to the Walmart Community Giving Program for field trip funding. Walmart will award $250-$2,500 grants, and applications will be accepted until Dec. 31. Schools must be located in a Walmart service area. Insider tip: Walmart’s four main goals are: healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Align your field trip with one of these areas to increase your chance of funding.

Verizon Foundation Grants

Verizon doesn’t specifically fund field trips but it does fund STEM education. So, to get your field trip funded, plan a STEM-orientated trip, maybe to a hands-on science museum or a robotics lab. Teachers and administrators of K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The average grant is $5,000-$10,000. New applications are now by invitation only. For help on handling invitation only applications, check out this blog.

NEA Foundation

This grant program focuses on improving teaching and enhancing learning, so fundable field trips would need to have an educational purpose. K-12 school teachers are eligible to apply. Application deadlines are: February 1, June 1, and October 15. This foundation has awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants in the past 10 years.

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School field trips can be funded through a variety of different grant programs, from the ones focused on education to the ones focused purely on field trip needs. We can help find you the right grant to fund your unique needs. Check out our full line of services, and even purchase some of them online.

 

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