"All Aboard the Bus" Field Trip Grant Program

The California Missions Foundation, with grants from the William H. Hannon Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation's Youth Fund, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation and the Upjohn California Foundation, is pleased to provide funding for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey County Title 1 elementary schools to take 4 graders to their local mission and see first-hand the rich history of our state.

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be accepted beginning April 1, 2014 and must be submitted no later than October 31, 2014. Grants will be awarded in December of 2014. Only one online application per school is accepted for all 4th grade classes at the school. Completed online applications, including a written quote from the bus transportation company, must be submitted no later than October 31, 2014. The California Missions Foundation will award grants in December of 2014. Applications for 2014-15 school year are available beginning April 1, 2014.

Applying for a Grant

Title 1 elementary school 4th grade classes in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey County are eligible to apply. The grant covers teaching materials and 80% of the cost of transportation for students, teachers, and chaperones. The school must match a portion of the grant through fund-raising or parent participation.

Schools in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino County may choose between Mission San Gabriel or Mission San Fernando. Schools in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County may visit their most local mission, which would include Mission San Buenaventura, Mission Santa Barbara, Mission Santa Inés, Mission La Purísima, and Mission San Luis Obispo. Monterey County schools may visit either San Juan Bautista or Mission San Antonio de Padua.

If a school would like to tour a different mission, please contact California Missions Foundation directly as we will need to make special arrangements. We will make an effort to accommodate your request but in some cases additional fees for admittance and/or bus transportation may be charged if the mission is located further away from the school that the pre-approved selections.

The California Missions Foundation sends grant checks in care of the contact person indicated on the application. Classroom Kits are sent separately. The school is responsible for contacting the mission and bus transportation company to arrange the date and time of the field trip (except for special requests). To ensure funding is in hand, field trips should be planned between February and May. After the field trip, each teacher is asked to submit a simple questionnaire (included in the learning kit and available online). The questionnaires are vital for continuation of the grant program and help improve contents of the Classroom Kits. Schools must return these questionnaires to remain eligible for participation the following year.

Online Application
Program Completion Questionnaire