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Three Tips for Applying for School Field Trip Grants

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

Children head to a field trip on a yellow school bus.School field trips bring learning to life. But if budget concerns hinder your field trip plans, there are many field trip grants and other educational grants that can help fund your students’ next adventure.  We previously presented some funding sources for field trips on our blog. In today's blog we present some tips to keep in mind as you prepare applications.

Tip #1: Connect your curriculum to a specific field trip experience.

We know many students enjoy trips to local pumpkin patches in the autumn, or perhaps to a theme park in the spring. These trips are fun, but they do not make for compelling proposals on a grant application. When applying for funding, focus on trips with strong, clear connections to classroom learning. Are there any particularly challenging concepts that would benefit from an in-person or hands-on experience? Would a field trip to a farm enhance your students’ understanding of nutrition, or plant life cycle, or mammals? Maybe a visit to a historic building would enhance your lesson on architectural styles?

As you think about field trip possibilities, keep in mind that some organizations offer grants for specific activities and/or locations. When possible, we recommend being specific with your search for grants to boost your chances of receiving an award. For example, the American Battlefield Trust’s Field Trip Fund provides financial help to K-12 teachers planning field trips to battlefields and/or historic sites connected to the Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War.

  The Grant Helpers can assist with your search—learn more here.  

Tip #2: Put yourself in the shoes of a grantmaker.

Grantmakers want to further their own goals and priorities, so they will base their funding decisions accordingly. When applying for a field trip grant, think like the funder. What will make an organization’s board of directors happy? What would that organization love to share on their social media or in their annual report?

What does this mean for your field trip grant application? Look at the grantmaker’s goals and priorities and try to align your field trip plans with one of these areas to increase your chance of funding. For example, if you are applying for a Walmart Foundation Community Grant, you may want to include a service-learning element in your field trip to meet the foundation’s goal to support the needs of local communities.

Tip #3: Collect your data.

When applying for a field trip grant, it’s important to focus on the educational benefits, but don’t overlook financial and socio-economic factors that attest to need. You need to demonstrate not only why the field trip will benefit your students, but also why your students would be well served by grant funding. Some ways to show this might include:

  • Is your school Title 1?
  • How many children at your school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch?
  • Have children at your school had limited opportunity to participate in field trips in the past?
  • What traditionally under-represented groups will benefit from the field trip?

Some grants specify other financial-related eligibility requirements, so be sure to review these carefully and prepare a checklist for yourself to ensure you are providing all the necessary information.


Ready to apply? Still looking for funding sources? Check out our blog post on field trip grant opportunities. You can also contact us to get in touch with our education grant specialist who can help connect your school with all kinds of funding opportunities, including field trips. Contact the Grant Helpers today to get started!

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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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