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.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Pacific Parklands Foundation is pleased to announce our new bus program! This program will connect children, youth organizations, community centers, seniors groups and organizations that support people with disabilities or who experience other barriers to experiencing nature.


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 below
  • Send us a supporting letter of interest telling us a little about your planned trip at least 60 days before you go


  • 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.)
  • How you will report back on the trip about how the funds were used
  • Are you using an insured and licensed vehicle with a professional driver?
  • Are you attending a 50th Anniversary event on a specific day in the park? If so, don’t forget to tell us that! (Hint: It will increase the likelihood of getting approved)

Fill in the online application here:


Any other questions, please contact and put “Bus Grant” in the subject.

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