Field Trip Program

Field Trip Program Award

Thank you for your interest in the Field Trip Program Award fka Bus Grant Program. There a few changes in this program applicants need to be aware for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Field Trip Program is a grant initiative designed to help schools in the 37 county heritage area fund the transportation costs associated with field trips to designated SSNHA Partner Sites and farm sites giving students the opportunity to learn about America’s agricultural heritage firsthand. The award funds 75% of the total amount of transportation costs to and from the school and the selected SSNHA Partner Site or farm site. Award not to exceed $350.00.

Schools must make a 25% cash match and show a 75% in-kind match to the awarded amount.

Cash match may be the remaining 25% to cover the transportation costs.

In-kind match may be the instructor’s time and salary, volunteer chaperone’s time, admission and/or meals.

A sample of the online application form may be found here. For an overview of the Bus Grant program, rules and frequently asked questions, please click here.

To apply, please click here to be taken to the online application. Application is open August 1- December 15, 2021. (If you are planning a spring field trip, apply now!)

Since the inception of the program, it has helped more than 29,000 students connect with America’s agricultural story and discover the importance of Iowa’s role in feeding the world.

Thank you to the Growmark Foundation for generously supporting this program!

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