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Scholarships for Student Visits to HMSC

Oregon Sea Grant has received a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to provide scholarships to groups within the Siletz Tribal service area that demonstrate financial need. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis to groups that qualify. Funds will be awarded to qualified applicants equivalent to 50% of the total program cost up to $150 as available.
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Oregon State Parks FoundationTicket2Ride program for Oregon State Park visits

Oregon State Parks accepts applications from K-8 teachers at Title I schools to apply for funds to support student transportation to Oregon State Parks. To apply, follow this link

Other Support for Student Transportation

  • school busMost Oregon school districts are reimbursed by the state for 70 percent of transportation expenses for academic related field trips. That means if the bus costs $200, school district employees need to raise only $60 to cover the bus expense. If you're not sure how this works in your district, contact your district's business office and ask.
  • Does your field trip include forest education? Apply for reimbursement for bus expenses from Oregon Forest Resources Institute - link
  • Tillamook County Pioneer Museum offers reimbursement for bus expenses to its site - link
  • Oregon Garden in Silverton offers reimbursement for bus expenses to its site - link


Funding Sources

  • Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund - Provides funds for educational activities in Lane, Lincoln, Tillamook and other counties. Applications due quarterly, and the next due date is May 30, 2017.
  • Diack Ecology Education Program - In awarding grants, emphasis is placed on the study of living things and ecosystems through scientific inquiry.  Applications to support field based science inquiry grants up to $2000 are accepted year-round.
  • Education in Motion - Daimler Trucks North America is providing up to $225,000 to fund FIRST LEGO Robotics programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Apply by May 31, 2016. Schools in Port Orford, Seaside and Astoria recently received this award!
  • EPA Environmental Education Grants Program - Supports environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Apply by April 8, 2016.
  • Every Kid in a Park provides free admission for 4th graders and their families to U.S. National Parks, forests, wildlife regues or other national public lands and waters.
  • Gray Family Foundation - Supports professional development, outdoor school and field trips.
  • James E. Brown Forest Education Grant - Thanks to the non-profit Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, an annual grant is now available to help teachers, interpreters, community groups or others involved in education projects and activities relating to the Tillamook State Forest.  
  • Kids in Need Foundation provides teacher grants of up to $500 for free school supplies for economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers. Grant deadlines range from July 15 to September 30, 2016.  More information
  • NAME Mini-grants - NAME Mini-Grants up to $350 are awarded twice a year to current Northwest Aquatic and Marine  Educators members needing money for educational projects, workshops or activities that promote the value and care of our water resources and enhance the visibility of NAME. Apply by November 15, 2016. 
  • NOAA Ocean Guardian School Grants - The Ocean Guardian School program provides $1000 - $4000 for hands-on school projects that are focused on a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean while promoting best environmental practices. Funding is availble for schools in Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Lane, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties. Apply by May 2, 2016.
  • Northrop Grumman Foundation is on a mission to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  They are making five grants of up to $100,000 each available to public middle schools for a school lab makeover.  The application includes video and photos to help tell the story.  Semifinalists will receive online votes through social media.  Enter between May 1 and June 17, 2016.  More information
  • Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society - Funds up to $2000 awarded for projects focused on teaching principles of fish biology, fish habitat, and/or watershed ecology in the state of Oregon.
  • ODE Oregon FIRST Robotics Grant - Funds available to support FIRST Robotics teams from Oregon public schools. Apply by June 17, 2016.
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute - Apply for reimbursement for bus expenses for your next forest education field trip. - link
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Apply for funds to support a restoration project by November 1, 2016. - link
  • Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - Select K-12 educators will receive this $2500 EPA award. Apply by March 1, 2017. More information
  • Target Field Trip Grant - K-12 teachers can apply for up to $700 to support student field trips. Deadline is October 1, 2016. - link
  • Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants - Science and math teachers with innovative classroom project ideas may apply for these grants. Grade K-5 applications are accepted once a year on October 1. Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grant requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year (Feb 1st and Aug 1st).