Funding

The Great Lakes Education Program is supported through several organizations and grant funding. We try to keep the cost of attending a GLEP cruise low. Below are some resources to consider when searching for funding for a GLEP cruise.

Internal Sources

  • Funds available from your school administration for field trips or special events
  • Funds available from your school’s parent-teacher association
  • Discretionary class funds
  • Student fees
  • Special fund-raising opportunities such as a pop bottle drive, bake sale, popcorn sale, etc.

External Sources

  • Non-profit organizations and foundations (Kiwanis, Lions Club, Rotary Club, etc.)
  • Local businesses (restaurants, sporting clubs, department stores, etc.)
  • Teacher grants (search the web under “teacher grants”, “education grants” or “environmental education grants”)
  • Student’s parent may own a business and provide financial support for some or all of trip

Remember in approaching any group or organization for funding, it is important to:

  • Familiarize yourself with the program you are participating in so you can answer questions and provide correct information.
  • Be able to explain the benefits of the program. We can provide you with a short 10-minute video about the program, as well as program brochures designed to show to potential funders.

Other Tips

  • If total funding is not available from one source, apply to several sources for partial funding.
  • Explore the idea of establishing permanent partnerships with businesses or organizations in order to obtain their annual support of your class’s participation.
  • Funders are invited to participate in the program with the class. Please invite a representative from the local bank, business or organization to attend on your date.