Students on a field trip

Low-income school groups and youth-serving organizations can apply for a transportation subsidy to facilitate access to science and environmental education field trips.

What is the Transportation Fund?

Environmental Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.  

Through a generous grant from the Environmental Education Funders Consortium, Environmental Volunteers is able to provide 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 grants to over 20,000 low-income students in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Who is eligible for a Transportation Fund subsidy?

To qualify for a Transportation Fund subsidy, the group will:

  • Be located in one of the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda,Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sonoma, or Solano)
  • Serve students from grades TK-12
  • Require transportation for a science or environmental-based field trip
  • Receive only one subsidy per school year.

How much will the Transportation Fund subsidize?

  • For schools with 70% FRPM or greater, the maximum subsidy is $500 per bus.
  • For schools with 40-69% FRPM, the fund will pay up to the percentage of your FRPM (e.g. a school with a 50% FRPM will get a subsidy of 50% of bus costs up to a maximum of $250 per bus).
  • For youth-serving organizations (e.g. an after-school program serving a community with 70% FRPM or greater), the maximum subsidy is $500 per bus.


Applications for the 2016-17 school year were accepted starting May 1, 2016. As of August 8, 2016, the website listed that funds are still available!

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