Most 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
Ticket2Ride: K-8 teachers at Title I schools may apply for reimbursement for bus expenses to Oregon State Parks - link
Columbia River Maritime Museum offers reimbursement for bus expenses to its site - link
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum offers reimbursement for bus expenses to its site - link
More Funding Sources
American Chemistry Society Professional Development Grant - The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms. Apply by Jan 4, 2019. - link
C-GEO Grants - Apply for a grant to obtain materials for geography instruction, guest speakers, or to run a Family Geography event at your school. - link
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. - link
EPA Healthy School Environments Grants - A list of grants available to educators, districts and community to support healthy school environments. - link
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. - link
Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon Coast STEM Hub partner educators can register for K-12 education programs in January and February 2019 at half the regular price. Read the flyer
NAME Mini-grants - 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. - link
National Geographic Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution - This RFP is directed at reducing plastic pollution at the source, both by reducing per capita plastic consumption and reducing the flow of plastics into watersheds. - link
NOAA B-WET (Bay Watershed Education Training) - NOAA Pacific Northwest B-WET grants support environmental education using locally relevant experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Apply for the FY2019 opportunity by December 21, 2018. Visit Grants.gov and search number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2019-2005862.
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. The 2019 application period will close May 1, 2019. - link
Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society - This group is offering two grants in 2019 One is for programmatic support for groups that deliver watershed and fisheries based professional development for teachers. The other is a participation and materials grant for educators (waders, macro invert kits, dissecting scopes, etc.). Apply by February 25, 2019. 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. - link
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - Select K-12 educators will receive this $2500 EPA award. - link
Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund - Provides funds for educational activities in Lane, Lincoln, Tillamook and other counties. Applications due quarterly - link
Target Field Trip Grant - K-12 teachers can apply for up to $700 to support student field trips. - 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). - link