Transportation Fund FAQ

How Does The Transportation Fund Grant Program Work?

The Transportation Fund Grant Program provides subsidies to eligible schools or youth-serving organizations to help support their outdoor/nature-based field trips. Subsidies are provided after a field trip has been completed – we will reimburse applicants up to $500/bus (see additional details below). We do not directly provide or coordinate bus transportation.

Who can apply on behalf of my school or youth-serving organization?

School teachers, principals, office staff, parent volunteers, and organization staff/educators.

Who is eligible to apply?

All schools with an FRPM % of 70 or greater, or youth-serving organizations that serve these schools (see below), or schools that show at least a 70% socioeconomically disadvantaged student population, within the 9 Bay Area counties are eligible to apply. Schools can verify their current FRPM level by one of three ways:

  • Use the most recent year of reported income data for your school: see the 2020-21 Transportation Fund FRPM
  • Use the data of the year prior if your school stopped gathering income data in 2020/2021: see the 2019-2020 school year data
  • Show at least a 70% socioeconomically disadvantaged student population on their most recent SARC (see SARC Summary).

What is a “youth-serving organization”?

For the purposes of the Transportation Fund, a “youth-serving organization” is considered an out-of-school program or organization that serves youth or young adults (birth to 24 years). Youth-serving organizations must specifically serve a low-income community with 70% FRPM or greater.

How do I reserve a bus?

Check first with your school district to see if district buses are available. If your district does not have buses and you do not have access to buses from another district, please use the transportation service with the lowest cost. We recommend First Student or Michael’s Transportation, but there may be other good alternatives in different areas.

How do I get reimbursed?

To receive reimbursement, please send a copy of the official bus invoice and completed Reimbursement Form to Invoices must be the actual invoice from the transportation provider (school district or private charter company). Please note that reimbursement checks to individuals are strongly discouraged, and can only be provided if reimbursement request is accompanied by a signed Admin letter on school letterhead. Reimbursement checks will be sent to the address designated on the submitted Reimbursement Form.

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