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Field Trip Transportation Grants

Grants to Minnesota K-12 Schools and Organizations
for Outdoor Educational Field Trips to a State Park

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Friends of Wild River State Park (FWRSP)

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 - For Fall field trips

Description:

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Grants totaling $900 to Minnesota schools and community organizations to offset the cost of transportation for field trips to a state park. Funds are intended to help kids and adults experience the outdoors and  promote the preservation and restoration of the resources of Wild River State Park.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that time spent outdoors:
- Promotes physical health
- Improves concentration, memory, and behavior
- Creates an understanding of how one's lifestyle choices impact the environment
- Instills creativity and confidence
- Positively influences achievement by integrating science, math,social studies, and language arts skills

All programs arranged with the park are free, and park entrance fees are waived for groups participating in a K-12 school-organized activity.

Transportation Grant Goals and Objectives:
‐ To bring a minimum of 600 kids/new users to Wild River State Park per year (some may visit twice).
‐ To provide a minimum of 300 hours(30 minutes per participant) of volunteer effortsto Wild River State Park.
‐ To provide a hands‐on, outdoor, educational experience to participants visiting Wild River State Park.
‐ To assist in maintaining and/or restoring natural and/or cultural resources of Wild River State Park.

The group applying for the Transportation Grant agrees to bring a minimum of 40 new users/kids to Wild River State Park and assumes all liability of the transportation vehicle and the participants during the visit. The organization also ensures that such an experience would not be possible without financial assistance from Friends of Wild River State Park, but agrees to cover half of the cost of transportation. The applicant agrees to enhance this educational opportunity with pre and post discussion, arrange all transportation, dedicate at least 30 minutes of the group’s visit assisting in volunteer work (e.g. collecting prairie seeds), and allow participants to complete a short survey and bring park information home.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143353

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$900

Term of Contract:

Funding of this grant is guaranteed on an annual basis and as determined by Friends of Wild River State Park.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Schools and community organizations in Minnesota are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline:
- June 1 for Fall field trips
- February 1 for Spring field trips

Any amount of this grant can be awarded to a single organization (e.g.school district) no more than twice in a given calendar year. The application must be submitted at least one month prior to the group visiting Wild River State Park.

Friends of Wild River State Park have agreed to match (50/50) the cost of transportation to and from the park.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Friends of Wild River State Park
Telephone: (651) 583-2125
Fax: (651) 583-3101
info@friendsofwildriver.org

Brad Bjorklund, President
Taylors Falls
poipubeach@aol.com
651-253-3498

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota