Bus on Us!

The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Bus on Us! grant program is designed to assist educators and schools with the cost of transportation to field trips within the heritage area that also align with the themes of Freedom’s Frontier (Missouri Kansas Border War, Shaping the Frontier, and Struggles for Freedom).

Who is Eligible?
An accredited PreK-12 public, private, or charter school who would like to discover and explore the themes of the heritage area. Only one grant per classroom may be awarded within each grant cycle (school year).

What Field Trips are Eligible?
Any registered field trip related to the Freedom’s Frontier themes and located within the 41 counties of the heritage area are eligible for up to 75% of funding towards transportation. A list of these eligible field trips can be found here. Other destinations, shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please submit your application at a minimum of two weeks prior to your trip. 

How are the Grants Approved?
Grants are awarded to complete and approved applications on a first come, first serve basis until all funding for that grant cycle is depleted. A notice will be made on our website when the current funding has been depleted for that grant cycle.

How do you apply?
Download the application, complete it, and e-mail it and any other required documentation to info@freedomsfrontier.org. Educators will be notified of their grant status by email within two weeks of submitting the application. Applications must be submitted prior to the day of the field trip. 

Receiving Funds
To receive transportation reimbursement, educators must submit a close out report, and all other necessary documentation within 14 calendar days of the field trip. If any documents are not submitted on time, reimbursement shall not be released. The educational organization requesting the grant is responsible for paying at least 25% of the transportation costs. Within two weeks of the scheduled field trip, educators must submit an invoice for the cost of the transportation as well as a completed evaluation. Freedom's Frontier will pay up to 75% of the invoiced total cost of transportation. 
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