In 2010, funding through the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program allowed the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium to provide Odyssey sites with funding to help offset the cost of hosting an Odyssey event. The funding was available on a first come, first serve basis, in the amount of $1,000 for 50 traditional Odyssey sites and $250 for 25 secondary school sites.
In 2012, funding through the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program will once again be available to help fund Odyssey promotional items. Funding will also be awarded through the program in 2012 to 150 Odyssey host sites as follows: 1.) The first 100 organizations/groups/schools that submit an application to host an Odyssey event (that is not specifically for secondary school students) will be eligible to receive $1,000after their Odyssey event takes place and after the required deliverables are met.2.) The first 50 schools/groups/organizations that submit an application to host an Odyssey event specifically for secondary school students in grades 7 – 12 will be eligible to receive $250after their Odyssey event takes place and after the required deliverables are met.
The Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, provides information, educational opportunities, and outreach activities to educate America on next generation vehicles. One aspect of this program focuses on the support of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, including expanding the event to educate a new generation of consumers at the secondary school level on the subject of advanced electric drive vehicles. To learn more about secondary school involvement in Odyssey, read the 2010 Odyssey Executive Summary.