Apply for funding of Civil War Trips for your classroom
The Civil War Trust strongly believes that battlefields are outdoor classrooms — truly unique locations for education, commemoration, and contemplation. The Civil War Trust's Field Trip Fund provides funding and assistance to K-12 teachers, who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields or related historic sites.
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How It Works:
1. Apply for funding by filling out a Field Trip Fund Application Form prior to your field trip. (If you have any questions, be sure to check out our FAQ page.)
2. The Civil War Trust will review your application and respond with a proposal that could amount to full or partial sponsorship of your field trip.
3. Go on the field trip! Keep your receipts, take lots of photos, and record a thank you video of your students while on the field trip! When you come back, fill out a Field Trip Reimbursement Form. Email these materials to the Civil War Trust. Your reimbursement will arrive shortly thereafter.
Rules & Guidelines:
The Field Trip Fund is designed to bring K-12 classes to Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields, museums, and historic sites.
The following items can be covered by the Field Trip Fund: transportation, meals, admission fees, and reasonable presenter/guide fees.
The following items will NOT be covered by the Field Trip Fund: non-Civil War, Revolutionary War, or War of 1812-related trips, luxury options, overnight lodging, and souvenir purchases.
With our current funding and number of applications, fewer than half of applications are approved. Approved trips can be reimbursed for as little as $250 or as much as $1,500.
The Field Trip Fund is designed to help offset field trip costs for school districts, it is not designed to fully fund a field trip.
The Field Trip Fund will only fund a field trip for one class, per school district, per school year.
Classes that received a grant in the 2016-2017 school year, may not be eligible for a grant in the 2017-2018 school year.
You must apply for field trip funding at least one month prior to your trip.
All trips must be preapproved by the Civil War Trust to receive funding.
Funding may be revoked by the Civil War Trust at any time for the following reason(s): post-approval trip date change, post-approval destination change(s), number of participants change, not providing receipts in a timely and efficient manner, falsified receipts, no trip receipts, excessive guide fees, class/teacher not fulfilling their required photo, video, and thank you note requirements.
The Field Trip Fund program requires you to submit at least seven (7) photos from your trip, a 30 second thank you video, and at least five (5) thank you notes from your students. Field trips will not be funded without such a commitment.
Students from Jim Percoco and Brad Swain's Applied History classes at West Springfield High School take a field trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield that includes the use of our Gettysburg Battle App at Little Round Top and Devil's Den.