Field Trip Scholarship Application Requirements

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers funding for K-12 schools with financial needs to visit. Teachers may apply for funds to cover the cost of transportation and admission. 

Prior to submitting application, teacher must book their visit through Visit Springfield. Teacher will receive an email confirmation from Visit Springfield with a specific tour date and time.

Applications are to be submitted electronically.  Additionally, schools will need to email their W9 to with the subject line “Field Trip Scholarship.”  Funds will only be provided to the school.  No funds will be given to individuals.  Click here to apply.

Applications will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Review time periods:

Field trip dates

Application deadline

Notifications sent of approval or denial

July, August or September

April 30

Second week in May

October, November or December

July 31

Second week in August

January, February or March

October 31

Second week in November

April, May or June

January 31

Second week in February

Checks will be mailed to approved schools approximately two weeks after approval letters are emailed.  We cannot guarantee checks will arrive prior to your visit.

Funds may be limited. ALPLM reserves the right to partially fund or deny a request based on funds available.

Funds may be requested for both transportation and admission fees.

June through February-Students visit free.

March through May-$4 per student.

One Chaperone per every ten students (rounded up) may visit for free all year.  For example, a group of 31 students may have 4 free chaperones.  Additional chaperones will be charged $15.

To qualify for funds the school must be located within 250 miles of the ALPLM. Additionally, a school’s student low-income household population must be greater than 51%. Student households meet the low-income criteria if:

  • They receive or live in households that receive public aid from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or TANF (Targeted Assistance for Needy Families), or
  • Are classified as homeless, migrant, runaway, Head Start, or foster children, or
  • Live in a household where the household income meets (USDA) guidelines to receive free or reduced-price meals.

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