Tips On Funding Your Program

We understand how difficult it can be to raise money for valuable student experiences like a Challenger Field Trip. Below are some suggestions that may assist teachers and schools in subsidizing the costs.

Challenger-Columbia Teacher Grant Fund:

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana works with local businesses to find funding that teachers can use for Challenger programs. These funds can help you offset the cost of your Challenger program. Grant applications for the 2017-2018 school-year will be available on Friday, May 12, 2017. If you are interested in the possibility of receiving partial funding for your student program for the 2017-2018 school year*, carefully complete the application and additional requirements and return them to the Challenger Learning Center no later than June 16th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Notification of grant awards will be made via email in mid-late September of 2017.

Click the link below to access the application:

*Applications will only be accepted for programs that have been booked for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have not booked your programs for next school year, call our office at (219) 989-3250 to begin the process.

Completed applications may be faxed to (219) 989-3256, emailed to or mailed to:

Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana

2300 173rd Street

Hammond, IN 46323

No drop offs please.

Parent/Teacher or Booster Organizations:

Parents love to see watch their children in action doing a Challenger program. We recommend that you invite members of your school’s parent organization to view your student programs. We are happy to provide tours to these organizations outside of school field trips to enable them in understanding the importance of their children participating in engaging and inspiring STEM programming.

Local Businesses:

Approach businesses that are related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) disciplines to see if they would be willing to invest in a field trip experience for students. If you would like assistance in learning how to approach these businesses or if you would like a template solicitation letter, contact Rebecca Manis at 219-989-3250.

Other Funding Opportunities: