No Child Left Inside Grant Program

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $75,000

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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No Child Left Inside

The Washington State Legislature created the No Child Left Inside grant program to provide under-served students with quality opportunities to experience the natural world.

Grant funds are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.

This grant program is intended to empower local communities to engage youth in outdoor education and recreation experiences and focuses on serving youth with the greatest needs. Youth work to improve their overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health, and understanding of nature.

Typical Projects

Funding for outdoor education and recreation programs and equipment that:

  • Maximize the number of youth who particpate in outdoor programming.
  • Provide opportunities for underserved youth
  • Provide youth with quality opportunities to be outside.
  • Employ veterans in the implementation of the progra

Grant Caps

There are three funding categories for this grant program

  • Tier 1 Projects: $5,000-$25,000 for each project.
    • (*Tier 1 – Only available to applicants that have never received NCLI grants)
  • Tier 2 Projects: $5,000-$75,000 for each project.
  • Tier 3 Projects: $75,000-$150,000 for each project.

There is no match requirement for Tier 1 projects. A match of 25 percent is required for Tier 2 and Tier 3 projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide matching resources to demonstrate a local commitment to the project and to make state funds available to more projects. To qualify, a match must be composed of elements that would be eligible in the No Child Left Inside program. Match may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Appropriations and cash
  • Donations: cash, materials, or the value of labor, equipment use, or services
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment use, and materials
  • Grants: Federal, state, local, or private

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who Can Apply?
    • Public agencies, (cities, counties, special purpose districts)
    • Native American tribes
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Formal school programs
    • Informal after school programs
    • Community-based programs in Washington
    • Veteran organizations
    • Private entities including individuals and businesses
  • Only organizations that benefit youth in Washington State may apply.
  • Eligible programs:
    • Outdoor education and recreation programs include, but are not limited to:
      • Backpacking
      • Camping
      • Canoeing and kayaking
      • Environmental outdoor education
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Orienteering
      • Outdoor cooking
      • Rock climbing
    • Refer to the grant program application materials for details about eligible elements


  • Although match is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide matching resources to demonstrate a local commitment to the project and to make funds available to more projects. Project scores are weighted to reward projects that include matching shares.


  • Ineligible programs include, but are not limited to:
    • Facility construction projects
    • Annual community festivals, expositions, promotional or fundraising events
    • Teacher training programs that do not include hands-on student participation
    • Organized team sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball