The Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation are announcing today that their pilot program, Field Trip New Jersey, has awarded more than $45,000 in grants to schools supporting educational field trips.
The 83 grants will make it possible for thousands of students in under-served communities this school year to visit arts and culture sites, historic landmarks, nature preserves, and science institutions in New Jersey, as well as college campuses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Schools received grants of up to $700 to cover field trip transportation costs. The schools serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and have at least 65 percent of their student population eligible for free and reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program.
Field Trip New Jersey was launched in January with seed funding from the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and New Jersey Historical Commission. The announcement generated more than 150 applications, proving the tremendous need for this type of funding, according to Hans Dekker, president of the Community Foundation, which hosts the fund.