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Montana Students to Public Lands Travel Grant Application

ABOUT
Now in our eighth year the Montana Environmental Education Association, Montana State Parks Foundation, and Glacier National Park are partnering once again to administer funds provided by the National Park Foundation to assist with getting Montana elementary students to federal and state public lands. For 2023-2024, we will award a total of 40 grants in the amount of $300 each to schools and classrooms across the state. Since we began our partnership in 2016, our efforts have reached over 6,000 students who may not have otherwise had the chance to enjoy the fruits of what Montana’s spectacular public lands have to offer.

ELIGIBILITY
Applications are open to educators, youth group leaders, and others for bringing Montana elementary students to public lands. Applicants may travel to the public land of their choosing – national and state parks, national forests, and national recreation areas and monuments have all been popular choices in the past. Field trips can take place between September 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

 To qualify, applicants must:

  • Indicate that their students are underserved in their ability to access nature-based education on public lands.
  • Agree to only utilize these funds to pay for transportation costs.
  • Complete a brief post-trip survey describing their group’s activities with a description of how this funding made a difference.
SELECTION CRITERIA

Preference will be given to applicants that:
  • Favor fourth grade students. This program seeks to aid national parks and partners in connecting fourth graders of Title I schools to public lands.
  • Plan to include interpretative and/or educational programs at public lands site.
  • Describe in their applications how they will implement a “three aspect” project that includes a pre-visit lesson, the field day, and post visit elements.
  • Emanate from Eastern Montana to balance geographic dispersion to public lands across the state.
  • Hold Title 1 school classification (if the applicant is school-based)
  • May be interested in visiting more than one public land site or area during their trip if convenient.
Please also note that while past awardees may be accepted, new applicants will be given preference.

TIMELINE
Grant proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals soon after their proposals are submitted.

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Your name?
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Your email address?
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Your phone number?
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Your school name?
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Your school mailing address?
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Assess your eligibility for this travel grant.
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Describe how will you use this travel funding:
What percentage of funding will go towards transportation costs?
Are you a past recipient of this grant?
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Are you a Title 1 school?

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Describe how you will implement a "three-aspect" project that includes a pre-visit lesson, field day, and post-visit elements. (You will be asked to describe your “three-aspect” approach again, in the post-trip survey) *
Number of Students?
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How many students participating are in the 4th grade?
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List the program and public land area you are going to visit. For the purpose of these grants, any federal, state, city or tribal public lands are permissible. If you are going to multiple destinations, list them both.

If you are planning to have a public land agency provide a program for your group, please make sure you have contacted them and are able to get a program reservation before submitting this grant application. Groups with scheduled public land programs will get preference.



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What is the planned date for your field trip? Field trips must take place from September 2023 - June 2024.


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Estimate the one-way distance, in miles, from your school to the field trip location.


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Please indicate whom the grant check should be made payable and please indicate mailing address for check.
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I agree to complete a short post-field trip survey and send an action photo from the trip.

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In order to assess how the National Park Foundation (NPF) is doing in meeting the grant objectives and to report back to their donors on the impact of their dollars, the NPF has developed a survey for classrooms visiting public lands. A small sample of classes or groups will be selected to be surveyed.
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Additional Comments/Questions-
Let us know if you have any questions or something else you want to tell us about your class, school or trip.
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I would like to learn more about nature education in Montana.
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