School Bus Transportation Grant Program

The application process for 2023/2024 ended on September 18, 2023. It was open for eight days.  All applications submitted during that time will be considered.  


All grant applicants will be notified of their status on Sept. 20, 2023.



Application Process 


The application form was available on this webpage, from Sept. 11 through Sept. 18, 2023.  


The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center will use a random lottery selection to choose 27 schools from each mileage category. 


If you have questions regarding the grants, please contact Dayna Jalkanen at 614-728-2697 or The Capitol Square Foundation has created a transportation grant program with generous gifts from Honda of America Mfg., Inc. 


The program is designed to help schools defray bus transportation expenses to the Ohio Statehouse. The grants are based on one-way mileage from your school to Columbus. The 2023/2024 transportation grant application form was available Sept. 11, 2023 at 10 a.m. through Sept. 18, 2023 at 6 p.m.  


Who Can Apply?

Any Ohio school that receives state funding can apply. However, grants are limited to Ohio students in the 4th through 12th grades during the 2023/2024 school year. Classes below the 4th grade are not eligible. Only one grant will be awarded to each school regardless of the number of buses or students. Grant applicants must have a minimum of 20 students in their tour group in order to receive transportation funding. All grant-funded tours must be scheduled during guided-tour hours (9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; 1:00-3:15 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Where Do I Apply?

Applications must be submitted, online, through this page of the Ohio Statehouse website by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Only online applications are accepted. To optimize the performance of the Ohio Statehouse website, CSRAB recommends individuals use the Google Chrome web browser.

How Many Grants Are Available?

There are 81 grants available with 27 grants awarded in each of the three categories listed below.

How Is the Grant Amount Determined?

Check the box on the online application that corresponds to the distance, one-way, from your school to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Please note that the boxes indicate mileage for one-way trips. 


Mileage for a one-way trip from your school to the Ohio Statehouse:
0 to 50 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 200.00  
51 to 100 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 300.00  
101+ miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 400.00  


Twenty-seven grants will be awarded randomly in each of the three categories for a total of 81 grants.

When And How Will I Be Reimbursed?

The Capitol Square Foundation will reimburse schools within 21 business days after their visit to the Ohio Statehouse. Reimbursements will be made by check. Please be sure to indicate to whom the check is to be written.