Target field trip grants

Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. We're bringing students once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips they'll never forget.

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Applications for 2020-2021 will open on Aug. 1, 2020. 

background

It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Target field trip grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip.

guidelines

As part of the program, Target stores award field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700. We accept grant applications between noon CT Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 1.

rules & eligibility

Who is eligible for a grant?
Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Who is not eligible?

  • Parents
  • Volunteers
  • Childcare centers
  • After-school programs
  • Pre-K groups
  • Any other individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above

How are grant recipients selected?
The Target Field Trip Grants program is managed and administered entirely by Scholarship America. Scholarship America will evaluate applications and award grants based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant's description of the field trip and its objectives
  • Benefits to the students, including overall student learning experience, relevance to curriculum and number of students who may benefit from the grant
  • Proposed use of funds
  • Trip to be taken between January 1, 2020 and the end of the 2019-20 academic year (May/June 2020)

If selected to receive a Target Field Trip Grant, the applicant must provide verification, by the school superintendent, principal or immediate supervisor of the proposed trip and other information listed in the application.

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted online via this website to Scholarship America between August 1, 2019 at Noon CT and October 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. No emailed or hard copy paper applications will be accepted. SPONSOR (Target and Scholarship America) is not responsible for late, misdirected or incomplete applications or applications not received by Scholarship America. All applicant submissions become property of the SPONSOR and will not be returned. By submitting an application, applicants agree to provide other information and documentation as may be reasonably requested by judges or SPONSOR.

Applications will be judged by Scholarship America, whose decisions will be final in all respects. In the event of a tie, the applications will be re-judged based on the criteria.

Recipient notification/claiming grants
All applicants will be notified by e-mail by December 15, 2019. Potential recipients will also be notified by U.S. Mail at their home address and must follow instructions to verify their application information and sign a publicity release form. Grant checks are made payable to recipient's school. In the event a recipient does not implement the field trip by the end of the 2019-20 school year, the grant will be forfeited and funds returned to the SPONSOR. Any tax liability is the responsibility of the school.

Additional terms
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. By participating, entrants agree: a) to the Rules and decisions of Scholarship America and Target, which shall be final in all respects; b) where legal, to the use of their names and/or likeness for advertising, promotional and publicity purposes without written consent or compensation; and c) to release, discharge and hold harmless Target Community Fund, Target Corporation and Scholarship America, Inc. from damages or claims arising out of their participation in the Field Trip Grants program or use of the grant.

All rights, title and interest, including copyrights of information submitted as part of the application, belong to Target. Target reserves the right to edit, adjust, modify, abridge, condense, publish, and/or excerpt application information.

SPONSOR is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind or failure to receive entry information by SPONSOR.

Grant restrictions
No substitutions or transfers permitted. Recipients may receive a grant only once in a given school year. Grants are to be used to cover field trip costs and fees. In the event the costs and fees are less than the grant amount, the balance of the grant may be utilized for other education costs such as materials, books and resources related to the curriculum. Grants may not be used to supplant expenditures that are the normal responsibility of the school district (e.g. substitute teacher salaries). SPONSOR reserves the right to interpret these rules and to make decisions concerning the grant, its acceptance and use, in situations not covered by these rules.

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