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Program Guidelines for 2018-2019 School Year

Big Yellow School Bus provides $250 transportation grants to help schools meet the costs of educational field trips for their students to non-profit cultural institutions and activities across the Commonwealth. Field trips must take place in Massachusetts to an educational activity or site run by a non-profit cultural institution in the arts, sciences, or humanities (for example, trips to art and science museums, historic sites, and music, theater, and dance performances).

Any Massachusetts school (public, charter, parochial, or independent) serving grades K-12 is eligible to apply.

The field trip destination must be in Massachusetts. Eligible field trips are to places and activities run by a non-profit cultural institution that provides programs in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences, such as art and science museums, historic sites, and music, theater, and dance performances. Activities may include performances, educational tours, events, and exhibitions. Types of trips that DO NOT qualify for funding are trips to sporting events, amusement parks, and movie theaters. Field trips to performances by students only are not eligible as funds are intended to provide students with a professional cultural experience.

Only one grant will be awarded per school per school year. Schools that have already received a Big Yellow School Bus grant during this school year (2018-2019) are ineligible to apply again.

Application Deadline, Notification, and Payment
There is no application deadline. Applications are reviewed on a "first-received, first-funded" basis until all available funds have been awarded.

Within one week of receipt of the application, you will be notified via email about the status of your application. Make sure your email is set to receive email from diane.daily@art.state.ma.us.

If your application is approved, you will receive instructions on how to complete a simple, one-page contract that you will complete and mail to the Mass Cultural Council. You must return your contract within 30 days of receiving your approval.

Within 30 days of receiving the completed contract, your $250 payment will be sent electronically. Grants to public schools will be sent to the town treasurer; to access the funds, contact your town treasurer. Grants to all other schools will be sent directly to the school.

Incomplete, faxed, or e-mailed applications will not be accepted..

Questions? Please read the FAQs or contact Diane Daily by email or at 617-858-2709.

Please note: Subsidies for field trips may also be available through Mass Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council Program.

Accessibility and Non-Discrimination Policy
The Mass Cultural Council is committed to ensure that all programs, services, policies, and practices are formulated and conducted in a manner which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination not only as a matter of law, but also as a policy designed to encourage the participation of all segments of the Commonwealth's population in Mass Cultural Council programs and services. 

The Mass Cultural Council is dedicated to creating a workplace, programs, and services that welcome, respect and value people of all races, color, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religions, creeds, ancestry, national origin, disability, and veteran status. The Mass Cultural Council and its grantees cannot discriminate on the basis of these attributes.  We strive to reflect diversity in all activities, programs, and services by removing any barriers to accessibility.  The Mass Cultural Council and its grantees are expected to be in compliance with:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Other applicable state and local laws

The Mass Cultural Council’s grantees sign a contract certifying that they will comply with ADA and Section 504. The Mass Cultural Council aims to help grantees understand their obligations and recognize the opportunities that increasing access can provide for both the public and the grantee.  

The Mass Cultural Council is happy to offer alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services necessary so that any individual can participate in the Mass Cultural Council’s programs and services. Contact Mass Cultural Council Staff for help.  To facilitate your request in a timely manner, please contact us at least two weeks before any Mass Cultural Council event or grant deadline.  Please read the full Access Policy for more information.

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