For Your Field Trip


Children turning trains at Greenfield Village.

These scholarships are available to Michigan 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
30-69% 50%
70-100% 100%

(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.)

Types of Scholarships

Admission scholarships cover admission costs for students and group leaders to visit Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village.

Transportation scholarships cover transportation costs ($200 per 75 people) for visits to Henry Ford Museum, 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.

New application procedures for 2016-17

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, 2016. Applications for any period may be submitted beginning June 1, 2016. See deadlines below.

Fri., Sept. 16, 2016 Fall Application Deadline
(for trips in October & November 2016)
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016 Winter Application Deadline
(for trips in December 2016, January, February, March 2017)
Tues., Feb. 28, 2017 Spring Application Deadline
(for trips in April, May, June, July 2017)

To apply, you must submit the following via email or mail:

  1. Completed application (PDF)
  2. A signed letter of support from the principal communicating curriculum ties and including email address

Examples of strong letters of support (PDF)

Field Trip Scholarships FAQs (PDF)

Applications and letters of support should be sent via email or mail to:
Attn: Scholarships
The Henry Ford/Call Center
20900 Oakwood Blvd. 
Dearborn, MI 48124

Faxes are no longer accepted. 

Other Scholarship Sources

  • 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.

Thank you to our generous donors! 

Donors to Field Trip Scholarships