Field Trip Grants for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library

By Jeremy Coumbes on August 21, 2019 at 1:59pm

Field Trips are always a highlight for schools during any academic year. Area schools now have an opportunity to go on a field trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield through a special grant through the Winnick Family Foundation.

The grants are for grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools with a low-income enrollment above 30 percent. The application deadline is Oct. 15. The grants are used to help defray the costs of transportation to the library and museum. Groups receiving a grant also get free admission.

ALPLM Spokesperson Chris Wills explains. “We believe that everyone should understand Abraham Lincoln’s importance to the country’s history, should get to explore his story and there’s no better place in the world to do that than the Presidential Library and Museum. Unfortunately it isn’t possible for every school to visit, budgets are tight. So this kind of grant program just makes it possible for a few more students to get the chance to engage with President Lincoln one on one.”

The field trip grants, which must be used between Jan. 2 and Dec. 21, 2020, are coordinated through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Department of Education, which provides educational opportunities for learners of all ages to explore Illinois and American history and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It uses that collection, modern technology and traditional story-telling techniques to connect visitors to the 16th president.

The Winnick Family Foundation is a non profit organization that supports programs for education, literacy, health care, art, culture, animal welfare and the needs of the worldwide Jewish community.

The grant awards will be announced later this year. For more information, call (217) 782-2981 or email