Options from within to finance enrollment for your chapter:

 

  1. MOST POPULAR: Propose CU enrollment to your administrator, to be paid from either annual budget or Perkins Funds*.
  2. Pay for entire chapter enrollment fee from chapter funds.
  3. Students could be asked for $ to pay for their enrollment fees.
  • *It is important to note that each state allocates Perkins funds differently. Before you spend valuable time writing a proposal, determine whether funds are available for the program you envision. You can do this by contacting your local administrator or state (or district) Perkins Coordinator.
  • It is important to make a connection with the decision-makers in any potential source for funding. If you are dealing with people on the state level or people you don't know, gain the support of people you do know. For example, collectively gather the support of your administrators, principals, superintendents, curriculum supervisors, or anyone else who might be a good reference and be able to represent your proposal.

Options also exist outside your DECA chapter and school!

  1. Find a local business, or two, to become your chapters' "Competitive Event Sponsor(s)!"
  2. Seek grant money.
  3. Request funding from the school's Booster Club, which is likely designed to support "all school activities."
  4. Request funding from local clubs who support student organizations.
  • There are many opportunities for funding from local businesses and community organizations. Affiliation and support of great programs is what they look for, and with a solid proposal, you should find many options. 
  • Successful business men and women, especially who have had past membership in your organization, are a great place to begin. 
  • The Rotary, Optimists, or Kiwanis also seek projects to fund! They seek positive organizations to help, especially where students and education are enhanced!  When they see CU as a program that produces results and helps students focus on their future, support is imminent.
  • If local money is your best option, consider this tip: make a personal connection.
    • Many funding decisions are made informally, often before the actual written proposal is received by a company or organization. Decision-makers rarely make a decision based solely on a well-crafted proposal. It is most likely based on a relationship of interest, trust and confidence in you and your program. A decision is often made based on personal matters and the well-crafted proposal helps finalize the check writing!
      • Recap: Get to know your funding source.

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