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 emailed 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.