Many 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 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.
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.