“Let’s Go!” Field Trip Fund

The “Let’s Go!” Field Fund formally known as the Transportation Fund (TF) launched in 2011 through a generous grant from the Environmental Education Funders Consortium. Through the “Let’s Go!” Field Trip Fund, the Environmental Volunteers provides affordable, easy-to-schedule, efficient and safe transportation for low-income youth (K-12) in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates access to science and environmental education field trips.

Since its inception, the fund has provided field trips to over 50,000 low-income students in the San Francisco Bay Area! The “Let’s Go!” Field Trip Fund continues through local donations from active community funders. Most recently, the Transportation Fund was selected as a recipient of the Game Changer Grant by the 50 Fund, a philanthropic initiative of Super Bowl 50.

Who is eligible?

The “Let’s Go!” Field Trip Fund offers subsidies to low-income schools and youth-serving organizations. To qualify for a Transportation Fund subsidy, the group must:

  • Be located in one of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma);
  • Serve students from grades TK-12;
  • Require transportation for a science, nature or environmental-based field trip (this does not include field trips to for-profit institutions).
  • Have a 70% FRPM level or greater, or show at least a 70% socioeconomically disadvantaged student population (see additional details below)
  • Schedule their field trip during the active (2022/2023) school year.
  • Each school year, receive only one subsidy per grade level.
  • Grade teams should be applying together for one field trip experience. If that’s not possible for your school or organization, please contact us at bus@environmentalvolunteers.org before submitting your application.

How much will the grant subsidize?

The “Let’s Go!” Field Trip Fund provides subsidies to successful grant applicants as follows:

  • The maximum subsidy is $500 per bus.
  • The fund will do everything possible to support as many buses as are required to allow your entire grade/student population to participate within your county’s physical-distancing requirements. Some limits may be applied.

Application Instructions

1. Make sure to use the correct application form when applying for funding. There are two application windows; field trips submitted through the wrong application may not be considered. Funding is limited.

  • Application A: Opened on August 8th for field trips taking place in the Fall and Winter (September-February). Limited funding is still available.
  • Application B: Is NOW OPEN for field trips taking place in the Spring (March-June).

2. Confirm your school’s FRPM before applying in one of three ways:

Please follow additional steps and requirements on the Application Form.

Any questions? Please contact us at the EcoCenter at bus@environmentalvolunteers.org, or 650-493-8000 ext 3.