Field Trip Program

Field Trip Program Award

Thank you for your interest in the Field Trip Program Award fka Bus Grant Program. The application period for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year beginning August 1, 2023.

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.

The Field Trip Program Award requires a 1:1 non-federal match. Schools must make a minimum 25% cash match to the awarded amount.

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

Please review the rules and frequently asked questions document found here. (which includes examples on how to figure your match). A sample of the online application form may be found here.

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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