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.

If you need a letter to present to your school district or administrator to justify a field trip to Challenger Learning Center for a Simulated Space Mission, click here for a sample letter that you can edit to meet your needs:

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 2018-2019 school-year will be available on Monday, May 7, 2018. If you are interested in the possibility of receiving partial funding for your student program for the 2018-2019 school year*, carefully complete the application and additional requirements and return them to the Challenger Learning Center no later than June 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Notification of grant awards will be made via email in mid-late September of 2018.

Click the image or link below to access the application:

*Applications will only be accepted for programs that have been booked for the 2018-2019 school year. Booking programs for next school year will begin in mid-May and applications submitted prior to the opening of the booking period will be qualified once program dates are booked.

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 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: