Last year I posted about the field trip grant program from Target. The program is back and it is time to get those applications in! Note that the grant is made only to the class teacher (NOT a parent or volunteer) yet you can still help by getting together the research documentation such as the prices for admission and bus to help your child’s teacher prepare a budget.
Also by the time school starts your child’s teacher may already have a wish list field trip in mind but no budget to do it. ALWAYS ask first before applying for a grant in your child’s teacher’s name. It depends on the teacher. Most teachers I have ever asked if it is OK to submit a grant in their name leap at the opportunity.
Target makes it easy to collaborate with your child’s teacher by allowing you to save drafts of the proposal for the teacher to review before it is sent in with his or her name on it.
DEADLINE FOR THIS YEAR – October 1, 2012
The other objection I hear from schools within CCSD is that they are not allowed to apply for grants. I have asked around and this is completely bogus. Additionally here is a list of all of the schools who received this grant in Las Vegas for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School
- Explore Knowledge Academy
- Herbert A Derfelt Elem School
- Iverson Elementary School
- Jydstrup Elementary School
- Kirk L Adams Elementary School
- LucillElementary School Rogers Elem Sch
- Manuel Cortez Elementary School
- Marion E Cahlan Elementary School
- Nevada Virtual Academy
- Northwest Career Tech Academy
- Quest Academy
- Robert L Forbuss Elem School
- Ronzone Elementary School
- Southern Nevada Vo-Tech Ctr
- Ullom Elementary School
- Walter Bracken Elementary School
- West Prep Academy
- Wynn Elementary School
- Wendell Williams Elementary School
Please read the official rules for the grant below.
Who Is Eligible For a Grant?
Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.
Who Is Not Eligible?
- Childcare centers
- After-school programs
- Pre-K groups
- Any other individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above
How Are Grant Recipients Selected?
The Target Field Trip Grants program is managed and administered entirely by Scholarship America. Scholarship America will evaluate applications and award grants based on the following criteria:
- Applicant’s description of the field trip and its objectives
- Benefits to the students, including overall student learning experience, relevance to curriculum and number of students who may benefit from the grant
- Proposed use of funds
- Trip to be taken between January 1, 2013 and the end of the 2012-2013 academic year (May/June 2013)
If selected to receive a Target Field Trip Grant, the applicant must provide verification, by the school superintendent, principal or immediate supervisor of the proposed trip and other information listed in the application.
Applications must be submitted online via this website to Scholarship America between August 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. CT and October 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CT. No emailed or hard copy paper applications will be accepted. SPONSOR (Target and Scholarship America) is not responsible for late, misdirected or incomplete applications or applications not received by Scholarship America. All applicant submissions become property of the SPONSOR and will not be returned. By submitting an application, applicants agree to provide other information and documentation as may be reasonably requested by judges or SPONSOR.
Applications will be judged by Scholarship America, whose decisions will be final in all respects. In the event of a tie, the applications will be re-judged based on the criteria.
Recipient Notification/Claiming Grants
All applicants will be notified by e-mail in December 2012. Potential recipients will also be notified by U.S. Mail at their home address and must follow instructions to verify their application information and sign a publicity release form.
Grant checks are made payable to recipient’s school. In the event a recipient does not implement the field trip by the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the grant will be forfeited and funds returned to the SPONSOR. Any tax liability is the responsibility of the school.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. By participating, entrants agree: a) to the Rules and decisions of Scholarship America and Target, which shall be final in all respects; b) where legal, to the use of their names and/or likeness for advertising, promotional and publicity purposes without written consent or compensation; and c) to release, discharge and hold harmless Target Community Fund, Target Corporation and Scholarship America, Inc. from damages or claims arising out of their participation in the Field Trip Grants program or use of the grant.
All rights, title and interest, including copyrights of information submitted as part of the application, belong to Target. Target reserves the right to edit, adjust, modify, abridge, condense, publish, and/or excerpt application information.
SPONSOR is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind or failure to receive entry information by SPONSOR.
No substitutions or transfers permitted. Recipients may receive a grant only once in a given school year. Grants are to be used to cover field trip costs and fees. In the event the costs and fees are less than the grant amount, the balance of the grant may be utilized for other education costs such as materials, books and resources related to the curriculum. Grants may not be used to supplant expenditures that are the normal responsibility of the school district (e.g. substitute teacher salaries). SPONSOR reserves the right to interpret these rules and to make decisions concerning the grant, its acceptance and use, in situations not covered by these rules.
What is a Field Trip Grant?
The Target Field Trip Grants program is an innovative, no-strings-attached initiative that funds field trips for students nationwide. Over 5,000 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2013. Grants are provided to applicants throughout the United States.
How can we use a Field Trip Grant?
Target Field Trip Grant funds are best used for visits to art, science and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials and supplies.
How do I apply?
Click the “Get Started” link and follow the instructions to register and complete the online application. You’ll need to provide an active e-mail address. Many school networks have strict security filters, so be sure to add us to your approved senders list. The e-mail address will help us contact you if we need more information or to provide updates on your status.
When do I apply?
Online applications will be accepted between August 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. CT and October 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. CT. We recommend you complete and submit your application as early as possible to avoid high traffic on the site as the deadline approaches. Only one submission per individual educator will be accepted.
Why do I need to print my application?
We recommend that all applicants print and save their applications should they be needed for future reference.
How many grants will Target award?
We’ll distribute over 5,000 Field Trip Grants for the 2012-2013 school year.
How will I be notified if I have won?
All applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail in December 2012. Potential Field Trip Grant recipients will also be notified by U.S. Mail. Grant recipients are required to verify their application and sign a publicity release before funds are distributed.
How are grants paid?
Verified Field Trip Grant recipients will receive a check in mid January 2013. The grant check will be made payable to the school, designated for field trip use. Scholarship America will mail the check to the home address provided in the application.
When must a grant be used?
Grants must be used for the proposed field trip between January 2013 and the end of the current school year (May/June, 2013). If a grant is not used within that time period, it will be forfeited.
Need More Information?
E-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-537-4180 and ask to speak with the Field Trip Grants program manager. To ensure a timely response, please submit your questions before 12 noon Central Time on Friday, September 28, 2012.