Bus on Us!

We await passage of the federal budget for Oct 1, 2019 to Sept 30, 2020 to know how many dollars we have available for the program. Until then, we are not able to take applications.

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 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). Due to uncertainty in Federal funding, as of January 2017 we are not accepting applications from schools located outside the 41 counties of Freedom's Frontier. 

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 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?
The FFNHA “Bus on Us” grant program is managed by the FFNHA Youth and Education Coordinator. 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 Youth and Education Coordinator, Lexi Ray. 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 be eligible for a “Bus on Us” grant, educators must complete an application and submit to the Youth and Education Coordinator. To receive reimbursement for the transportation, educators must submit both an Invoice and a Close-Out Report to the Youth and Education Coordinator 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. Freedom's Frontier will pay 75% of the invoiced total cost of transportation. 

Bus on Us Application

Bus On Us Close-Out Report

Bus on Us Flyer
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