The Bus Grant Program


Are you having trouble raising the funds to hire a bus?

If so, maybe we can help!

Do you remember how much fun the “field trip” was when you were in school? Do you recall that is was even more fun if the trip was to a natural space like a park? Do you have a large group or a special topic? Did you know that this experience is not available to many youth today? Every year thousands of school students, seniors and people with challenges are not able to visit our regional parks. Why? Because there is no funding to charter a bus.

The Bus Grant Program was launched in 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. This program connects children, youth organizations, community centres, senior’s groups, and organizations that support people with disabilities or who experience other barriers to experiencing nature.

In 2018 we formed a partnership with YVR and as a result, we are now able to connect even more groups to regional parks.


  • What is the date of your outing?
  • How many people are you taking?
  • What regional park are you planning to visit?
  • What is the purpose of the outing?
  • What is the nature of your group? (i.e. Non-profit, society, unorganized, etc.)
  • Are you using an insured and licensed vehicle with a professional driver?

Fill in the online application here:


Any other questions, please see the FAQ’s or contact and put “Bus Grant” in the subject.


Here is some more information on the program:

1. What is covered?

  • The cost to hire a bus for the purpose of visiting a Metro Vancouver Regional Park

2. How much is available?

  • Up to $500 per grant
  • Some grants may be available up to $1000 and will include a $250 honorarium for a guide or host. Ask us for more details.

3. Who can apply?

  • Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Youth Organizations
  • Seniors Groups
  • Organizations that support people with disabilities or challenges

4. What is not covered?

  • Mileage
  • Travel Expenses

5. How do I apply?

  • Fill in the Online Application Above
  • Send us a supporting letter of interest telling us a little about your planned trip at least 60 days before you go

6. Apart from visiting a regional park, what is required if my grant request is approved?

  • We want to hear about your trip. We require that successful applicants send us a final report after their trip. Download the report below.


7. Send the Final Report

Final Reports can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to:

Pacific Parklands Foundation
21st Floor – 4730 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6

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