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Bus Grants Available to Schools within Northeast Iowa

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce
$12,000 is available through the 2009-2010 SSNHA Bus Grant Program to help schools in Northeast
Iowa fund field study trips. The Bus Grant Program, which is part of the SSNHA Education
Scholarship Fund, helps cover transportation costs of field study trips to designated SSNHA Partner
Sites. There are currently more than 100 sites offering an agricultural experience for students from
Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy to Heartland Acres Agribition Center to the National Mississippi River
Museum.

Awarded on first-received, first-funded basis, accredited Pre K-12 public, private or charter schools
located within the Heritage Area may apply for one grant per year with a maximum of $350 awarded
per school. The grant cycle begins August 1 and will remain open until funds are depleted or
December 1, 2009, whichever comes first. For more information or to apply a bus grant visit
www.silosandsmokestacks.org and click on grants.

“We are pleased to once again be offering this valuable program to Iowa schools. Field trips are an
important part of teaching students about their heritage,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is Affiliated Area of the
National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa.
Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of
sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities—past
and present.

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