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Grants to Michigan PreK-12 Schools and School Districts for Transportation Costs for Arts and Culture Field Trips

FY24 Bus Grant Program


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Funding Source
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/15/24 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $500 to Michigan PreK-12 schools, school districts, education agencies, and Head Start programs to assist school programs in participating in educational field trips. Funding is intended to cover transportation costs associated with arts and culture-related field trips. Eligible trips must be to an approved nonprofit organization, and the trip must be incorporated into classroom learning.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only registered preK-12 educational institutions, including public or non-public schools, private schools, home schools, school districts, intermediate school districts/regional educational service agencies and accredited Head Start programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be incorporated and located in the State of Michigan. They must ensure no part of net earnings benefit a private individual. Donations to the organizations must be allowable as a charitable contribution under section 170c of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended. (Organizations with status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and local Units of Government meet this criteria.)

Applicants that have unmet obligations on current grant agreements, such as overdue or incomplete reports or other significant problems, are not eligible to apply for future funding. If any applicant fails to meet MACC requirements on a current grant agreement, their pending application will be removed from the review process. If any applicant fails to meet MACC requirements on a current grant, following MACC approval on a FY23 application, the newly approved grant will be rescinded. Auxiliary support organizations (i.e. friends of xyz), may not apply in this grant program. Federal and State of Michigan agencies, divisions or departments are not eligible to apply for funding from MACC.

Travel and expenses associated with student competitions and/or performances, such as student band festivals, choir, or theatre tours are not eligible.

Incomplete applications, trips without specific dates, and applications without transportation estimates will not be considered.

Private/personal transportation costs are not eligible (i.e. parent’s cars).

Pre-Application Information
Applications are to be submitted online through SmartSimple no later than:
Round 1 – 5:00 p.m. EST, August 3, 2023
(For field trips taking place between Oct 1, 2023 – Sept 30, 2024)
Round 2 – 5:00 p.m. EST, January 15, 2024
(For field trips taking place between March 1, 2024 and September 30, 2024)

Grants will only be awarded to one applicant per educational institution.

A certified teacher leading the field trip must be the primary contact.

As of April 2022, all organizations applying for and receiving Michigan Arts and Culture Council funding are now required to obtain and maintain a federal Unique Entity ID (UEI). The UEI replaces the DUNS number previously used to track organizations receiving federal or state funding.

Application Process:
1. Submit your application online along with your estimate.
2. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant request, by email.
3. If approved, your grant contract will be emailed to you and must be signed by your school administrator and returned via the SmartSimple system.
5. Awardees must send letters informing their state senator and representative about the grant. They must also obtain a PAID receipt from their transportation provider dated on or after the trip.
6. Awardees will be provided a link and instructions to submit their final report online. Final reports must be received within 30 days after the field trip.
7. MACC will reimburse the school for actual transportation costs (not to exceed the grant award) within approximately 60 days of receipt of the final report.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $500

Term of Contract
- Round 1 – For field trips taking place between Oct 1, 2023 – Sept 30, 2024
- Round 2 – For field trips taking place between March 1, 2024 and September 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, please contact your Regional Regranting Agency. See RFP & Supporting Documents for a list.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
300 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, MI 48913

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