School Bus Transportation Grant Program

The 2021/2022 transportation grant application process is closed for this year.  It was open for seven days, Tuesday, February 22 at 9 a.m. through Monday, February 28 at 5 p.m.



Application Process Complete 


 The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center will use a random lottery selection to choose 11 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 2021/2022 transportation grant application form will be available Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. through Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The application is not available prior to this date. 


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 2021/2022 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 people in their tour group in order to receive transportation funding.

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 33 grants available with 11 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  


Eleven grants will be awarded randomly in each of the three categories for a total of 33 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.