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Tips On Funding Your Program

Dearest Dedicated and Passionate Educators,

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

Feel free to call our Center at (219)989-3250 or email should you have any questions or need any assistance.

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 2019-2020 school-year will be available on Monday, May 1, 2019. If you are interested in the possibility of receiving partial funding for your student program for the 2019-2020 school year*, carefully complete the application and additional requirements and fill out the online Teacher Grant form no later than May 31st, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Notification of grant awards will be made via email in mid-late September of 2019.

**Please read grant requirements carefully as the reporting structure has changed since previous school year.**

Online Applications are closed for this year. Please call (219) 989-3250 with any questions or concerns.

*Applications will only be accepted for programs that have been booked for the 2019-2020 school year. You can book your programs today by calling (219) 989-3250.*

Applications must be completed through the online form, if you have any questions please call (219) 989-3250 or email

No drop offs please.

Parent/Teacher or Booster Organizations:

Parents love to see their children in action doing a Challenger Learning Center 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 Lara Bates at (219)989-3250.

Other Funding Opportunities: