Bus on Us! 

Our Bus on Us program opens August 1st, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year! The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) “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 located within Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area who would like to discover and explore the themes of the heritage area. Only one grant per classroom will 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 75% of funding towards transportation. A list of these field trip opportunities will be found online starting June 2015. Other destinations, shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How are the Grants Approved?
The FFNHA “Bus on Us” grant program is managed by the FFNHA Education & Interpretation Manager. Grants will be 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 the FFNHA website when the current funding has been depleted for that grant cycle.

How do you apply?

Download and complete an application (found below). Submit  completed application to the FFNHA Education & Interpretation Manager, Elizabeth Hobson.  Applications will be accepted beginning August 1st, 2015. Educators will be notified of their grant status by email within two weeks of submitting the application.

Receiving Funds 
To be eligible for a “Bus on Us” grant, educators must complete an application and submit to the Education & Interpretation Manager. To receive reimbursement for the transportation, educators must submit both an Invoice and a Close-Out Report to the Education and Interpretation Manager within 14 calendar days of the field trip. If either of these forms is not submitted on time, reimbursement shall not be released. Educators and schools are also responsible for paying 25% of the transportation.
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.

Bus On Us Application 

Bus On Us Close-Out Report 

Bus On Us Flyer

Curriculum Standards

One of the guiding principles of Freedom’s Frontier is to “consider future generations in everything we do.” The stories of Freedom’s Frontier can spark children’s imaginations and inspire in them respect for multiple perspectives. Additionally, local history education helps students to understand and care for the place where they live.

The stories of Freedom’s Frontier help teachers in both Missouri and Kansas to meet state curriculum standards. Teachers from outside the area can use these stories to meet National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.


Download guidelines for the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Tacha Freedom Award here

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