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Field Trip Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

15531478270_fe5f1969fc_q.jpgMany teachers use the summer to plan for field trips, so we we’re providing a couple select grants to help make them happen. Your school’s field trips may be primarily educational, say to a robotics lab or a museum. Or they may be more for entertainment, like a trip to a pumpkin patch. Grants are a great way to help add to your field trip budget, and to make sure every child can have a great adventure outside of the classroom.

Target Field Trip Grant

Target launched its field trip grant program in 2007 to help small field trip budgets in schools. As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. For the 2016-17 school year, schools in each of the 50 states were awarded a field trip grant. Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications are accepted between noon Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1. The grants are intended to fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between January 2018 and the end of the school year (May or June) 2018.

SYTA Youth Foundation Road Scholarship

We get numerous requests from parents hoping for funds to assist with travel expenses. This road scholarship is a perfect fit. The SYTA Youth Foundation established the road scholarship program in 2002 to award funds to youth who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. This financial aid is granted to an eligible student or groups of 3 or more, for education or performance-related travel with their class or youth group. All Road Scholarship nominations must be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official or program leader for students under the age of 18 and in grades K-12. Applications submitted by parents or guardians will not be accepted. The scholarship amount varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the cost of specific trips, the demonstrated need of the applicant, and the number of applicants in a given application period. The average road scholarship granted is $750. No more than $1,000 will be awarded to an individual nomination and no more than $5,000 will be awarded to a group nomination.  There are two application deadlines per year with the next deadline being Oct. 2-Nov. 17.

Make the Most of your Field Trip

After you have secured funding for your field trip, here are some ideas to help make the most of your outside of school experience.

  • Involve students in learning BEFORE you go on your field trip. Present students with information about what they will see at the field trip, and brainstorm with them about what they would like to learn.
  • Make sure to present any pertinent information about what is expected of them during the field trip. Should they wear a certain shirt or color? What are the conduct expectations? What will the timing be? Is lunch provided or do they need to bring lunch?
  • To increase student knowledge prior to the field trip, consider an enrichment activity such as assigned research projects related to the venue you will be visiting.
  • AFTER the field trip, assess the student’s knowledge from the field trip. This could be a quiz or evaluation where the students rate themselves on pre/post knowledge of the field trip education items.
  • The teacher might develop a rubric with the expected learning goals and behaviors related to the field trip. This can be used as a method of assessing each student.

Our education specialist, Carol Timms, is on hand to help you find the funding you need for all of your educational needs, including field trips. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation.

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So You Missed the Deadline for Target’s Field Trip Grants

Posted by Carol Timms on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 16:10 PM

We often share information on grants available throughout the country. The Target Field Trip grant is an example. However, if you missed the deadline, as did more than one of our readers who emaile15288056461_7663d248a1_m.jpgd us asking about an extension, what are your options? In two words: keep looking.  There are three ways to approach this: Geography, Topic, and Timing.


A number of foundations respond to requests only from specific locations. Sometimes this is based on where the parent company does business or has a significant presence. Other times, the foundation has sentimental ties to specific communities or locations. Your local Community Foundation is a great place to start. Community foundations manage grants specific to your area. Other examples include:

The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund offers grants for field trips to schools in Los Angeles County

The Windermere Foundationoffers grants for field trips to schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. This geographic spread is based on the area served by the Windermere Real Estate Company.

The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education offers grants for field trips to schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.


The subject matter addressed by your field trip choice can also influence your funding options. These are, most often, geographically specific as well. Two examples are:

Maine Initiatives’ Flannel Shirt Fund connects farms to schools and children to gardens. They specifically offer funds to schools in Maine for field trips to local farms.

The Save the Redwoods League offers grants to engage students in firsthand experiences with redwood forests. These experiences specifically include field trips.


Most funding organizations accept proposals on an annual, semi-annual, or even quarterly basis.  Some accept proposals on a rolling basis without a specific deadline.  Once you identify potential funding organizations, note the next open date.  Prepare your proposal ahead of time and be ready to submit well ahead of the deadline.  The Target Field Trip grants will roll around again next year, sooner than you expect.  Mark your calendar for Aug. 1, when they start accepting applications.

If you are looking for field trip funds, we can help. The Grant Helpers has expertise in searching and applying for a wide variety of grants. Contact us today for a free telephone consultation with one of our grant experts.


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Field Trip Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:08 PM
Do your memories of school days include a special field trip? Field trips can be fun and memorable, and they can solidify and extend students’ knowledge of the subject being studied. Unfortunately, funds for field trips have suffered because of educational budget cuts. In this blog, we offer places and tips to find funding sources for field trips as well as tips to make the field trip as beneficial as possible.

Where to Find Funding

One of the more popular corporate providers of field trip grants, Target Field Trip
, offers up to $700 for field trips. Applications are accepted between August 1 and
September 30
When looking for other grants to fund field trips there areField Trip Grants several hints we can offer. First, foundations that fund specific geographic areas may be more receptive to funding field trips. Second, if your field trip is linked to a specific topic or unit, your application may be better received. For example, if you are requesting a grant for STEM or art education, you could include funds for a field trip related to the activities you are proposing in the larger grant. 
The Harry Chapin Foundation provides grants for arts education programs and other approaches to educating young people in order to create a healthier and more peaceful world. You might include a field trip as one of your activities in an arts education grant. 
The Journalist and Writers Foundation: Peace Project funds field trips that are part of a conflict resolution project. Their interest in is projects designed to prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflict and that promote post-conflict peace-building.   

Getting the Greatest Educational Value from Your Field Trip

Involving students in learning prior to your field trip can enhance the overall experience and create an atmosphere conducive to learning.

Before the Field Trip:


1. Set Expectations 


Present students with information about what they are likely to see and/or should be

looking for when on the field trip. The teacher might also consider leading a discussion to determine what the students would like to learn from their field trip. This can be done as a brainstorming exercise, a discussion and/or a list and summarize activity.

The teacher should also provide students with written information explaining what is expected of them during the field trip. This might include active participation, wearing the same color shirt, timing issues and a code of conduct.

2. Assess Pre-Field Trip Knowledge

Distribute a short quiz to determine the students’ level of knowledge about the topic of the field trip.

3. Plan for Learning
To increase student knowledge prior to the field trip, the teacher might consider involving the students in an enrichment activity such as assigned research projects related to the venue you will be visiting. For example, if you are visiting a zoo consider organizing your field trip around a geographic theme. Ask your students to research what animals they would see in Australia or Africa. For each animal, have students identify 3 unique characteristics. Then, when they are on the field trip, you can divide them into teams and provide them with a scavenger hunt form where they will need to identify the animals of a given geographic region based on their characteristics. The team(s) with the most correct answers might win a prize.
4.  Special Tasks
The teacher might consider assigning specific tasks to the students. For example, each team could have students assigned specific responsibilities such as:
Photographer: responsible for photographing the animals for a class discussion after the field trip
Time Keeper: responsible for getting their team to lunch and the bus at the appropriate time
Recorder: responsible for writing the answers on the scavenger hunt form


After the Field Trip:

1.  Assess Student Learning
Ask the teams to develop a class presentation about their experience. This should include the results of their scavenger hunt forms and photographs.
2.  Administer a Post-Field Trip Quiz
The teacher can provide a quiz or a self-evaluation where students rate themselves on their level of pre/post knowledge, their behavior during the field trip and a description of
what they think they learned.
3. Develop a Rubric
The teacher might develop a rubric with the expected learning goals and behaviors related to the field trip. This can be used as a method of assessing each student.
4. Thank Your Sponsor
The teacher should have the students put together a document for the sponsor that thanks them for their support and shares information on what the students learned from the experience.
Despite cuts to field trip budgets, there are still several avenues for you to explore to get the
funding you need for a field  trip. Educational Specialist Carol Timms may be able to further assist you in finding funding for your educational programs. Please contact us today to speak to one of our experts, visit our education pages, or download our list of services for ideas on how we can help you.

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