grants and financial assistance
With the help of our donors, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to provide financial assistance to help students experience the power of field trips at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.
Educators often face financial barriers that prevent them from participating in field trips. From program fees to transportation costs, our grant programs are designed to help teachers overcome these barriers.
Research shows that field trips can be powerful tools for learning. A study published in The Journal of Human Resources showed that students who participated in field trips show “greater tolerance for people with different opinions and an increased desire to consume arts…have fewer behavioral infractions, attend school more frequently, score higher on end-of-grade exams, and receive higher course grades.” (J. Human Resources February 4, 2022 1020-11242R1)
As the nonprofit partner to Sutter’s Fort SHP, Friends of Sutter’s Fort works with donors to fund financial assistance opportunities to meet the changing needs of students, teachers and schools.
Environmental Living Grant Program
These grants help schools with California State Parks ELP program fees. ELP is an immersive 24-hour program. During this program, students spend the night at Sutter’s Fort, cook all of their meals and participate in many hands-on activities.
These grants help schools with California State Parks ESP program fees. An alternative to the overnight program, during ESP students spend 12 hours at Sutter’s Fort.
Transportation fees are often the biggest hurdle for schools. This grant provides transportation funding to help students get to Sutter’s Fort. These funds are available through an ongoing grant grant program. Limited funds are available.
The Carolyn Elder Field Trip Award provides funding for students from Elk Grove Unified School District to attend onsite programs at Sutter’s Fort SHP. Friends of Sutter’s Fort established the Carolyn Elder Field Trip Award to honor the legacy of Carolyn Elder at Sutter’s Fort SHP.
San Juan Education Foundation Partnership
Friends of Sutter’s Fort has entered into an agreement to make field trips easier for classrooms in the San Juan School District. Title 1 schools, and teachers who have not taken students to Sutter’s Fort since 2019 are encouraged to apply.