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    Bus Grants Available to Northeast Iowa Schools for Ag-related Field Trips

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce that
    $10,000 is available through the SSNHA Bus Grant Program to help schools in Northeast Iowa fund
    field study trips during the 2011-2012 school year. The Bus Grant Program, which helps cover
    transportation costs of school field study trips to designated SSNHA Partner Sites, allows students the
    opportunity to learn about and connect with Iowa’s agricultural heritage. From dairy farms and
    museums to historic sites and nature centers, SSNHA currently has more than 100 Partner Sites
    offering agricultural experiences for students.

    “We are excited to once again offer this valuable program that allows Northeast Iowa student’s the
    opportunity to learn about Iowa’s agricultural story firsthand,” commented Don Short, SSNHA
    President. “Since the program’s inception in 2007, it has helped fund field trips for more than 9,000

    Awarded on first-received, first-funded basis, accredited Pre K-12 public, private or charter schools
    located within the 37-county 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, 2011, whichever comes first. For more information or to apply a bus grant visit and click on grants.

    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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