Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

School group at Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Field Trip Grant Program
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The Connect-Kids-to-Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids) is designed to connect students in New York State with nature and history. Each grant provides reimbursement of up to $80 per student (and $160 for Special Education students) for field trips to state and federal parks, forests, historic sites, fish hatcheries and outdoor recreation areas.

Please note that Connect Kids Applications are accepted on a rolling basis



Eligible organizations include: public schools; county, city, town or village youth bureaus; schools for the deaf and blind; and BOCES programs. Select not-for-profits providing after-school, extracurricular, and summer youth programs may also be eligible.

Public and Private schools that are eligible for Title 1 funding can also apply.

Non-school field trip applicants These programs may be asked to submit additional trip information prior to approval.

All not-for-profits must be pre-qualified in the Grants GatewayLeaving New York State Parks prior to applying

This application only covers the financial grant and is not a confirmation of the trip. All field trips must be scheduled directly with the destination site's staff prior to submission. All applications must be submitted at least one month before the trip. Please expect to receive a response within 1 to 3 weeks of your submission. Your award letter will include a maximum award cap based on the number of students and chaperones.

Field trip locations covered under the program include:


The Connect Kids Field Trip Grant is a reimbursement grant program. This means that each grant recipient must cover all initial field trip costs. Grant funds will not be released until after a field trip has occurred, all incurred expenses have been paid, and proof of payment has been provided to the Connect Kids Field Trip Grant Coordinator.

Reimbursable field trip expenses include transportation costs, as well as program, entry, pavilion fees, on-site equipment rentals (boat rentals, snowshoes, etc.), and camping at state-owned facilities. The grant does not reimburse costs for food, school-purchased field trip supplies, lifeguard salaries, or any costs for chaperones who drive separately.

Please know your organization's NYS Vendor ID number. Reimbursements will be made using your organization's NYS Vendor ID number as submitted on the application. We do not send paper checks. Please note that this is NOT the same as your organization's Tax ID Number/EIN. An incorrect NYS Vendor ID number will delay reimbursement to your organization.

All reimbursements will strictly adhere to the award cap which will be stated in your award letter. Please expect to receive an email with your award letter between 1 to 3 weeks after submitting a Connect Kids application.

Reimbursements will be processed through the Statewide Financial System via Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfer. In some cases, an ACH transfer may combine multiple grant reimbursement(s) with payments from other NYS programs or agencies. Detailed payment information can be obtained using the NYS Vendor Self-Service PortalLeaving New York State Parks (select "Vendor Portal Login").


Connect Kids Field Trip Grant Coordinator (preferred)
(518) 474-6736

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