How to Get A Travel Grant

Travel grants can help pay for costs involved in studying abroad, going to medical appointments/treatments, and specialized training. Costs covered with the travel grant vary greatly depending on the grant sponsor and the reason for traveling. Funding for travel grants is typically provided through private foundations and small non-profits; however, some of the larger travel grants are funded through federal and state programs.

A multitude of scholarships are available for study abroad. Explore financial aid options specific to whatever study abroad program you choose. For a list of available grants, visit

Travel grants for medical treatment can be found through specialized organizations and hospital administrations. Grants usually cover transportation costs (such as gas, bus ticket or airplane ticket), eating costs and hotel costs. Grants usually only cover the patient plus one helper. Costs for a nurse, if medically necessary, may also be paid. Contact organizations that offer support for specific medical conditions. For instance, if you have cancer, contact the American Cancer Society. For children, contact the Children's Miracle Network.

Travel grants for training are available through various government organizations, non-profit agencies and private foundations. Travel grants for training are generally available to pay expenses such as transportation costs, housing costs and food costs, but most do not include the cost of the training. If such training grants are available through an organization, expect to apply separately for a travel grant. Expect to share housing accommodations with other grant recipients when applicable. To find travel grants for training in the field of health care for the aging, visit the National Institute on Aging's website. The U.S. Department of Labor provides grants to companies, individuals and grassroots organizations to help pay for travel costs related to specialized training in high-need fields in certain areas.

Student travel grants are also available through some universities for presenting at a conference or attending a conference. Typically, a drawing is held to determine which qualified applicants will receive the grant money. Contact your university's financial aid office for more details.


  • When traveling on a grant, always be budget-minded, even if it is not your money. If you do not use all the grant money given to you, be of good heart and give unused funds back. When trying to make a trip for a training event or conference, call the company or organization's office ahead of time to ask about ways to cut costs. Many times, event coordinators will set up a way for attendees to share rides and housing accommodations.



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