Who can apply:
The Will Go Where Grant is for any seventh through twelfth grade teacher in the United States, who currently holds a full time teaching position in an accredited school. The purpose of the grant is to take students on amazing field trips that will enhance classroom learning, expose students to new cultures and environments, and require a project to be completed in the course of the educational trip.
If you are awarded a grant, you will also receive mentoring services from a Will Go Where representative in the following fields (as needed): fundraising, trip organization, networking, travel arrangement, and creating a budget. The amount of mentoring you receive will be no fewer than 60 hours from when the grant is awarded until the educational experience is complete.
Priority will be given to teachers who:
Teach in schools with higher than 60% free and reduced lunch participation
Teach in schools that have a population in 7-12th grades of 700 or less
Have 8 years or less in the classroom
What type of trips will be funded:
Will Go Where encourages dreaming big, and helping teachers make their dreams for their students come true. Trips can cover a vast array of educational content. A couple of examples follow:
1. The computer teacher who is teaching advanced programing may have students create a 5 minute short animated film on a topic of their choice. Students spend all year learning the different layers, techniques and skills required to make a great short animated film. The teacher has talked to Pixar and they are willing to give five staff to work with your students on their videos, and to act as judges to score them.
2. The agricultural or FAA teacher sponsor in North Dakota may want to take their students to Mississippi to show them the differences between how wheat and cotton are grown. Students may have a unit on different types of crops, where they are grown in the United States, growing conditions and type of equipment needed for each crop. Once students have completed their research for the entire country, they may focus on cotton in the south. Students can be broken into groups and do more in-depth research on the history of cotton in our country, the different types of cotton, and the historical trends in the rate cotton pays at market. At the same time the teacher in Mississippi can be doing the same type of project on wheat, corn, or soybeans of North Dakota.
What type of trips will not receive funding:
There are trips that Will Go Where will not fund. The majority of these trips are those that are already happening on a regularly scheduled basis. For example, every year the band or choir (or both) go on concert tour. Maybe everyone in school takes French, because they are drawn in by seeing the Eiffel Tower on the biannual trip to Paris and other areas of France. Perhaps in a small school every three to four years the high school students are taken to Washington D.C. The goal for Will Go Where is to help teachers figure out and manage taking amazing educational trips. Teachers who are overseeing the above type trips already have this well in hand, and probably wouldn’t benefit from Will Go Where beyond funds.
All Will Go Where trips must include some type of project work to be completed on the actual trip. A trip to an amusement park 8 hours away where students are going to have a day of low ticket prices, enjoying rides, and park food wouldn’t be funded. However, if students were meeting with park engineers and designers and pitching their ride to be the next one at the park would be funded. The key is there needs to be a significant educational component to the trip.
When to apply and when grants will be awarded:
Grant applications will be accepted all year long. However, no application will be reviewed until after the annual deadline of February 1. Will Go Where board members will begin reviewing grant applications in February, and may contact you for more information or clarification on your application. All applicants will be notified by mail of the determination on their application. Those applicants who were awarded funds will also receive a phone call to congratulate them.
You can find a downloadable grant application form here.