More than 2.3 million people have visited the Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum in Springfield since it opened in 2005, including hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren.
Two agencies are offering grants to help fund the cost of field trips to the museum for schools with a significant number of low-income students.
Teachers of grades 4 through 12 in public or private schools with a low-income student enrollment above 30 percent can apply for the grants. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 1.
Midwest Generation, an Edison International Company, is offering the grants to teachers as well as not-for-profit youth organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children in Illinois. The money can be used toward transportation costs, lunch, or educational materials associated with the field trip.
Grants from the Winnick Family Foundation can be used toward transportation costs. The foundation focuses its giving in education, literacy, health care, art, culture, animal welfare and the needs of the worldwide Jewish community.
Regular admission to the museum for ages 5 to 15 is $6 per person. But the museum is free for schoolchildren on prearranged tours from August through February, and $4 per person from March through May, said spokesman David Blanchette. That's why the grants cover transportation and other costs, he said.
To download applications for either program go to www.presidentlincoln.org/education/plan_visit.html.
Grant awards will be announced beginning Oct. 1. For more information, call (217) 558-9016 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The field trip grants are coordinated through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Department of Education.