March for Life Buses
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Hop on a Local Charter Bus
Each year roughly 20-30 parishes across the Diocese of Richmond and some Knights of Columbus councils sponsor charter buses to transport pilgrims to the March for Life in Washington, DC. We have reached out to parishes and asked for their information to provide you with an up-to-date list of all buses in each applicable region that welcome people from parishes within the Diocese of Richmond. Check out the list below for all the contact information. These buses are sponsored by parishes or Knights of Columbus councils and rides should be coordinated directly through the contact person listed for each bus.
Third-Party “Rally Bus”
For regions or cities with parishes who would like to attend the March for Life, but cannot assume the cost and responsibilities of coordinating a charter bus on their own, there is a new service being introduced at the March for Life this year called “Rally Bus”. They require 40 riders and charge $45 for round-trip service from your city to Washington, DC. If interested, learn more at www.rallybus.net/marchforlife.
Please note: this is not sponsored by the Diocese of Richmond, but is a viable option for parishes, schools, and organizations who cannot coordinate their own bus.
GRANT FUNDING FOR BUSES:
We are pleased to have funding available from the Annual Respect Life Grant is for parishes to subsidize the cost of bus transportation to the March for Life in Washington, DC.
This grant application is available for Catholic parishes and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond who wish to apply for a subsidy to help offset the cost of chartering a bus or multiple buses to bring parishioners of the Diocese to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC. A Catholic organization sponsored by a parish may also apply for funding through this grant (i.e. Knights of Columbus council, etc.).
Each grant allocation is allocated by reimbursement to the parish to cover 33% of the final invoice for direct costs of each charter bus, with up to $700 in reimbursement available per bus. Gratuity, meals, or lodging for the bus driver are not be included in the reimbursement. It is expected that the parish contribute at least 33% of the cost of the bus, with participants paying no more than 33% of the cost per person.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications for bus subsidies are now closed. If you missed the deadline and still wish to apply, please contact us directly for assistance.
Please note: if you used the online system to apply for a Respect Life Grant in May 2016, then use that same email and password as your login. If you are applying on behalf of your parish, school, or organization for the first time for any Respect Life Grant funds, then click where it says “New Applicant?” and fill in the required information to start your grant. You may save your application and return to where you left off at any time. You do not need to complete it in one sitting.
Please contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life with any questions by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 804-622-5109.