The Yellow School Bus Grant will pay transportation costs for students taking field trips to approved arts activities including festivals, exhibitions, and performances. The grant does not pay for other related costs including admission fees. Eligible destinations are programs that are funded by the Missouri Arts Council. A list of MAC grant recipients by community can be found here: http://bit.ly/oCz124. If you believe your destination is funded by MAC and is not on the list please call Julie Hale, Arts Education Program Specialist (contact information is on next page). Travel for student competitions and student performances are not eligible. The grant will fund clinics only if the students will attend a performance. No match is required for this grant. The applicant may request up to $300 to cover travel expenses that would transport students to and from an eligible field trip destination. Any eligible school may receive one Yellow School Bus Grant between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Applications must be submitted by the first Monday of any month at least six weeks in advance of the field trip. For example, if the field trip occurs November 19, the deadline is the first Monday of October. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the deadline will be Tuesday. To encourage advance planning, MAC accepts early applications. Applicants will receive notification of funding within six weeks of the deadline.
This grant is not competitive and will be awarded as funds are available. However, at each deadline, applications from schools in house districts that are unfunded or underfunded by MAC will be considered first. To determine if your school is located in an unfunded or underfunded house district, enter your 9-digit zip code at the Missouri Legislator Look-up site: http://www.senate.mo.gov/llookup/leg_lookup.aspx. The list of MAC unfunded and underfunded districts follows:
House District No. 1, 5, 11,12,13,15,16, 20, 29, 38, 41, 45, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 68, 74, 76, 78, 81, 88, 89, 90, 92, 97, 100, 101, 102, 105, 106, 110, 115, 120, 126, 130, 134, 135, 136, 139, 143, 144, 145, 150, 156, 157, 161, 162.
For more information contact the program specialist:
Julie Hale, Arts Education Program Specialist