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Field Trip Funding

Information for Educators

Many organizations provide grants and scholarships for educators to fund their school's field trips. We have compiled a list of a few noteworthy organizations that may be able to provide funding for your group's trip to Elkus Ranch.


Target Corporation Field Trip Grants

The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom and award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, tickets fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications will be accepted between noon CST Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. CST Oct. 1.

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Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Environmental Science Resource Grants

Any TK-12 teacher working at a low-income public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Santa Clara, San Francisco or San Mateo County is eligible to apply. A maximum of five grants will be awarded to a school, and one grant per teacher per school year. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to teachers to enhance classroom environmental science curriculum through projects, supplies, field trips, and professional development.

Examples include:
Field trip related to the study of wetland restoration and water conservation
• In-classroom presentations on endangered species by local wildlife experts
• Gardening supplies for students to build a wildlife habitat
• Adopt-a-Beehive program for a project-based learning activity about bees
• Materials for a school-wide climate stewardship project

See attached flyer for more information and how to apply: Environmental Science Resource Grants



DonorsChoose.org is an online charity, completely free for teachers to use, that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and people can give any amount to the project that most inspires them most. DonorsChoose.org connects public school teachers in need of classroom materials and other learning needs to corporations, foundations, and everyday people who can help them address educational inequity. Only due to a powerful partnership between the NEA Foundation and DonorsChoose.org is this special offer available to NEA Members.

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State Farm Education Program Funding

At State Farm, we believe all children deserve an education that will help them reach their greatest potential and prepare them for life. Our support goes to programs that provide students the instruction, resources, and support they need to succeed. This program is extensive and has many partners, in order to help students, classrooms, and communities.

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Walmart Community Grant Program

Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally-creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work. Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

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Kinder Morgan Foundation

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and our mission is to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. Our goal is to help today’s science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come. To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the cities and towns across North America, where Kinder Morgan operates.

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Student Achievement Grant

For: Transportation, educational experiences, resource materials, equipment, supplies and/or technology to foster critical thinking and problem solving while expanding students’ understanding of a subject.

Requirements: You must be a current member of the NEA (National Education Association) Foundation and a practicing public school educator or support professional in grades PreK – 12, or a faculty or staff member at a public college or university. This grant cannot be used to support after-school, weekend, or summer programs. It also can’t be used to pay stipends or salaries, or for political or religious purposes.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year. The deadlines are February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

Amount awarded: Grant amounts are $2,000 and $5,000.

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Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation offers teachers grants to promote literacy and fund educational causes. Our funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New grant applications are by invitation only. You can contact your local community relations manager to see whether you are eligible to apply or learn other ways to get involved in your community.

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Note: This list is intended as a resource for our visiting educators. UC Elkus Ranch is not affiliated with any of these organizations and cannot guarantee the availability of funds.