Trip Funding Treasure Map

Trip Funding Treasure Map

Trip Funding Treasure Map

Trip Funding Treasure Map for Financial Support

Finding a Trip Funding Treasure Map in a bottle that leads you to the funds needed for your music program would be a dream, right?  Our “low tech” treasure map, below, is not in a bottle, but it will lead you to trip funding treasures to support your upcoming trip and your students. Check out the links below, then apply for the treasures!

Target Field Trip Grants

Since 2007 Target stores have been awarding field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700. Accredited K-12 public, private or charter schools in the United States that maintain a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply.

Application Opens: August 1, 12:00pm CDT

American Battlefield Trust – Field Trip Fund

The American Battlefield Trust’s Field Trip Fund provides funding and assistance to K-12 teachers, who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields or related historic sites. Approved trips can be reimbursed for as little as $250 or as much as $1,500.

Application Available Year-Round

 Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA), Youth Foundation Scholarships

Since the inception of SYF in 2000, over $1,200,000 has been awarded to students and youth for education and performance-related travel. SYF has directly impacted over 6,000+ student travelers in need.

  • Ripley Hunter Scholarships – Students write an essay describing what they learned on a past trip and how they were impacted by travel. The winner could earn a scholarship of up to $1,500.00, and the four runners-up essayists receive a cash scholarship of $1,000.00 USD!
    Applications are open: Mid-Feb through late-April
  • Roads Scholarship – Financial aid granted to individuals or groups of 5 or more who have been nominated by a teacher or youth group leader and who meet criteria within 5 categories: Achievement, Need, Initiative/Involvement, Service/Citizenship, and Connection.
    Applications are open: Feb through mid-March; Oct through mid-Nov

National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants

Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education.

Applications Available Year-Round, but are reviewed in groups with deadlines of Feb 1, June 1, and Oct 15

Voya Unsung Heroes Award Program®

Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence the students. Each year, 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place.

Applications are due: April 30, 3:00pm CDT


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DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests. You can request a Professional Development trip or visitor project at any time throughout the year. For trips and visitors, please make sure your event date is within 2-8 months of the date you posted the project.  You can include the following into your total project cost for the days of the event: up to $30 per event day for food; up to $100 per event day for lodging; up to $150 per project for transportation. Food, lodging, and travel costs will likely be reimbursements. This means you or your school will provide payment upfront and then request repayment by uploading an itemized receipt through your teacher page.

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Additional Resources

Over time, we will try to add links from other sources that might inspire your fundraising ventures:
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