Transportation Fund

The Transportation Fund (TF) launched in 2011 through a generous grant from the Environmental Education Funders Consortium. Through the Transportation 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 Transportation 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 Transportation 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 an outdoor, nature/environmental-based field trip (this does not include field trips to for-profit institutions). Because of the current situation with COVID-19, and local county health orders, field trips must take place in an outdoor setting (i.e. no indoor museums, science centers, aquariums, etc.). This requirement may change as the COVID situation evolves. Check back for updates.
  • Have 70% FRPM or greater;
  • Schedule their field trip during the active (2020/2021) school year. Unfortunately, summer field trips are NOT currently eligible;
  • Each school year, receive only one subsidy per grade level.

How much will the grant subsidize?

The Transportation 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

*The Transportation Fund for 2020/2021 is currently on hold until the COVID-19 situation allows for safe student bus transportation, and participating counties have been removed from the California Department of Public Health watchlist. At that time, we will open the application process and notify awardees as quickly as possible. Please check back later as additional details become available.

1. Please confirm your school’s FRPM before applying: 2019-20 Transportation Fund FRPM

2. If your school meets all of the listed eligibility requirements listed above, please fill out the Online Registration Form for the application window that applies to your field trip (check back in August for application forms). Funding is limited.

Any questions? Please contact us at the EcoCenter at, or 650-493-8000 ext 339.