Traveling Programs Scholarships
General Audience Programs
We are able to offer full and partial funding to cover the fees for public Traveling Programs thanks to the generous support of:
- The Lowell Institute
- Boston Athletic Association
- National Grid
- Other sources of support
How to Apply
To apply, download the Public Program Funding Application form (PDF)
Make sure you save the file to your computer first. Then fill it out the saved form completely, save your changes, and email it to us.
It is our intention to provide as much funding as possible to those who need it most. There are several criteria that we consider in granting a scholarship:
- Funding must be requested before making a reservation.
- The maximum amount of funding you can request is $315.
- In 2013, funding for Dig into Dinosaurs, Engineering: Bridges Workshop, and Engineering: Windmills Workshop will be restricted to August reservations.
- Funding is available to public libraries and camp programs with free admission for participants. For camp programs, partial funding is available equal to the percentage of participants who receive some sort of scholarship.
- Most funding is restricted to eastern Massachusetts within I-495. Limited funding, particularly for mileage costs, may be available for sites in western Massachusetts and other New England states.
- Funding is for sites with limited or no ability to pay for enrichment programs. For comparison purposes, the application process requires you to indicate how many enrichment programs your site receives each year, the cost of those programs, and what kind of funding is used.
- A site is limited to one funded program per calendar year.
- Dates can be reserved during the summer and Massachusetts school vacation weeks. Other date restrictions may apply. Early applicants will get the best choice of dates and programs.
- We begin reviewing funding requests for a given calendar year as early as November of the previous calendar year.
- The site must be able to provide an appropriate audience. Most of our programs are appropriate for a range of school-age children to adults. Others are appropriate for much smaller age ranges. Program-specific age information is on our web page.
- The site must meet the necessary space requirements. Please review our programs, especially Night Sky and One Sky, Many Stories, to make certain that you have a large enough room for the program you are interested in. This room will need to be reserved for the entirety of our visit.