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For Your Field Trip
The Henry Ford is honored to offer scholarships thanks to the generous support of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, Macy’s, The Colina Foundation, Karen Colina Wilson Foundation, Buddy’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Association of Science-Technology Centers Fund-a-Bus grant, The Henry Ford Community Investor corporate members and guests who have donated to The Henry Ford Field Trip Scholarship Fund.
These scholarships are available to schools (public, parochial or independent) in which at least 30% of students receive free or reduced lunches* as outlined in chart below.
Free or Reduced Lunch Program
Admission Cost Coverage
(Free and reduced lunches are based on the Michigan Department of Education–Grants Coordination and School Support School Breakfast and Lunch Information by District and Building as published in the current Michigan Education Directory. A similar source will be used for statistics in other states.)
Types of Scholarships
Admission scholarships cover admission costs for students and group leaders to visit Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or Greenfield Village.
Transportation scholarships cover transportation costs ($200 per 75 people) for visits to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour or Giant Screen Experience. Recipients of the transportation scholarship will be reimbursed after their field trip has occurred.
The scholarship does not cover costs associated with special on-site programs such as One Room School.
Please carefully read this webpage, FAQs and application documents before submitting your application. Incomplete applications may delay your approval.
Prioritized applications: Applications will be prioritized based on whether applicant has applied before, and strength of curriculum ties.
Priority 1: New applicant, strong curriculum ties
Priority 2: New applicant, weaker curriculum ties
Priority 3: Previous applicant, strong curriculum ties
Priority 4: Previous applicant, weaker curriculum ties
Application Periods: We will have three application periods. Applications will open June 1, 2017. Applications for any period may be submitted beginning June 1, 2017. See deadlines below.
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017
Fall Application Deadline
(for trips in October & November 2017)
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
1st Winter Application Deadline
(for trips in December 2017, January and February 2018)
Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
2nd Winter Application Deadline
(for trips in March and April 2018)
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Spring Application Deadline - FINAL DEADLINE
(for trips in May, June and July 2018)
To apply, you must submit the following via email or mail:
Arts & Culture Trek Grant Grant Open: August 15, 2016 Grant Close: October 21, 2016 Michigan Youth Arts, on behalf of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $500 to pay for transportation costs associated with an arts- and culture-related field trip. For more information, click here.
Target Field Trip Grant Grant Open: August 1, 2016 Grant Close: October 1, 2016
Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. For more information, click here.
Local ideas Consider seeking funding from your parent-teacher organization, your school’s educational foundation, local community boosters like the Optimists or Lions, or local businesses.