MacMillan Field Trip Grants

Classic car in an exhibit.

MacMillan Field Trip Grants Program helps offset transportation and lodging costs to schools in Greater Minnesota.


  • School must be in Minnesota.
  • Schools located 50 miles or more from the Minnesota History Center are eligible for a transportation subsidy.
  • Schools located 150 miles or more from the Minnesota History Center are eligible for a transportation subsidy and a minimal meal and/or lodging subsidy.
  • Must complete a field trip to one of these MNHS historic sites or museums: Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, or Oliver Kelley Farm between September 7, 2021 and June 10, 2022.
  • Schools do not need to meet any Title I, Federal Free and Reduced Lunch or other economic need requirements.
  • If your school is not eligible, please visit our scholarships, grants, and subsidies page to see other financial assistance available.

How It Works

  • Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Schools may apply annually; having received a reward in a previous year does not make a school ineligible.
  • MacMillan Field Trip Grants may not be used in combination with other MNHS transportation subsidies on the same field trip date.

Please Gather the Following Before You Apply

  • The distance between your school and the Minnesota History Center (345 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102)
  • The number of students who will attend the field trip.
  • The name of the Minnesota Historical Society metro historic site or museum you intend to visit.
  • The date of your intended field trip.

To Apply

  • Fill out the online application.
  • If funds are available, they will be applied to your reserved field trip.

Your Field Trip

Applying for a MacMillan Field Trip Grant does not schedule your field trip. Be sure to book your field trip.

2019-20 School Year MacMillan Field Trip Grant subsidy rates

  Per student transportation subsidy Per student meal/lodging subsidy Potential TOTAL per student subsidy
ZONE 1: 50 – 99 miles $6 N/A $6
ZONE 2: 100 – 149 miles $8 N/A $8
ZONE 3: 150 miles or more $10 $10 (meal); $30 (lodging) $50