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How to apply for an Arts field trip grant

How to apply for an Arts field trip grant

Our field trip grants cover the costs for students to attend performance arts events. There are two ways to apply for a grant.

Step
1

Before you get started

Admission can’t be more than $12 for each ticket. If it's more that amount, you can’t apply for the grant. We will only give you money for 50 tickets or when you reach $500.  

Before you can apply, you need to speak with the group hosting the event. Make reservations and set up payment schedules ahead of time. You also need to know:

  • the number of students going to the event
  • the price per ticket, and
  • the total amount of money you need.
Step
2

Fill out your application

Complete and print out the field trip grant application. You must type everything. We won’t take incomplete applications.

You'll need to tell us how the event provides educational value. Make sure to include a copy of your reservations with the group or venue.

Step
3

Give us your application

You need to drop off your application and other documents to us before 5 p.m. on October 15. We won’t take late applications. We'll let you know if we plan to give you the grant by December 31. You can bring everything to:

Office of Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square, Room 802
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Step
1

Before you get started

Admission can’t be more than $12 for each ticket. If it's more that amount, you can’t apply for the grant. We will only give you money for 50 tickets or when you reach $500.  

Before you can apply, you need to speak with the group hosting the event. Make reservations and set up payment schedules ahead of time. You also need to know:

  • the number of students going to the event
  • the price per ticket, and
  • the total amount of money you need.
Step
2

Fill out your application

Complete and print out the field trip grant application. You must type everything. We won’t take incomplete applications.

You'll need to tell us how the event provides educational value. Make sure to include a copy of your reservations with the group or venue.

Step
3

Mail us your application

Your application needs to be postmarked before October 15. We won’t take late applications. We'll let you know if we plan to give you the grant by December 31. You send bring everything to:

Office of Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square, Room 802
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Need to Know:

Our field trip grants cover admissions costs for students to attend arts events. You can only get money for certain events. Museums are not covered by this grant.

We have a list of field trip programs we offer grants for at the bottom of this pageSchools and other groups in Boston can apply for the grant. We take applications from:

  • public, private, and parochial schools
  • out-of-school programs
  • community and neighborhood centers
  • parent-teacher associations and groups, and
  • civic groups.
Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029
United States

Where you can use the grant

Field trip grants
Visual Arts
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Boston teens can take part in a program of arts, creativity and enterprise. A trip includes a tour of the art gallery and studios. There’s also a talk about using green resources for building.

Music
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There is a Classroom Connections program the allows students to interact with musicians. The orchestra also has Youth Concerts for 4th - 6th graders. High school students can learn about rehearsals through the High School Open Rehearsals Program.


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The orchestras have live performances, along with training programs. They also make an effort to reach out to youths in all communities.

Theater and live performances
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The theater offers discounts for big groups, and can add a special student matinee during the school day. Learn more about performances. Lyric First Stage is the company’s summer program for young artists.


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Wheelock has live performances for all age groups. The School Partnership program offers an educational program called DramaShop. Contact Kay Elliott at 617-879-2252 or kelliott@wheelock.edu for more information.

Science and nature centers
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Mass Audubon offers year-round nature programs for students of all ages. You can take a look at Mass Audubon’s school programs.

Museums and sites
Museums are not covered by grant, but there are some great programs.
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Through school and teacher programs at the Gardner Museum, students can make strong connections to art. Learn about the Gardner’s programs.


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You can request a self-guided tour for your group, or book a guided tour by emailing groups@mfa.org. Boston Public Schools groups get free admission to the museum.


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With a focus on the American Revolution and 18th-century life, Paul Revere House has many school programs.


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  • Old South Meeting House
  • Washington St., Boston, MA 02108
  • Phone: 617-482-6439
  • Contact: Tegan Kehoe, Museum Educator and Reservations Manager, or Erica Lindamood, education director
  • Email: education@osmh.org
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Students can learn about the American Revolution, as well the country’s history and the history of the building. Find out more information on programs for schools and groups at the Old South Meeting House.


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Students learn about the history and stories of 18th- and 19th-century African Americans. Find out more about the Museum of African-American History’s programs.