Funding Your Retreat

We believe that Youth Frontiers retreats are a worthy investment for your school, but we understand the challenges of working within your school budget. If you have already tried to find money within your budget and are coming up short, we’ve compiled the wisdom of current school partners around other funding avenues available.

Funding Options
GET PARENTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED

Ask your PTA/PTO. See if they are willing to invest in your efforts to improve school climate.

PTA/PTOs can use sites like Yubbler and Apex FunRun as fundraising resources.

Ask students to pay a field trip participation fee. Have a fundraiser or a silent auction. Talk with others in your community or search the web to find popular fundraising ideas.

GET YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVED

Connect with your local Rotary, Lion’s Club or Kiwanis Group.

Find a sponsor. Ask a local business or generous community member to invest in making your school a healthier place.

Try DonorsChoose.org. Post your retreats on this website to receive money from donors across the country who support character development.

CHECK FOR STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING

Check with your administration to see if funds like Title I, Title II or Safe and Supportive Schools grants are available or visit Character Education Partnership.

Check your state’s Department of Education website for specific funding opportunities.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

Write a grant proposal that connects your own school’s mission to Youth Frontiers and the research behind Youth Frontiers retreats. Download resources from Dropbox including Youth Frontiers’ Key Findings, Impact, Evaluation Overview and Sample Grant Language to supplement your application. Check out this grant opportunity from Bemis Foundation.