No Child Left Inside Grant Program

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

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

Anticipated deadline: Jan 17, 2019

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 students in outdoor education and recreation experiences and focuses on serving students with the greatest needs. Students 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:
  • Make use of research-based, effective environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education curriculum.
  • Contribute to healthy life styles through outdoor recreation and sound nutrition
  • Provide students with opportunities to directly experience and understand nature and the natural world.
  • Employ veterans in the implementation of the program.

In 2017, the Legislature allocated and additional $1.5 million to be used for grants with $500,000 awarded to organizations that have at least one veteran on staff who will be assigned primarily with implementation of the grant.

Grant Caps

There are two funding categories for this grant program
  • Tier 1 Projects: $5,000 -$35,000 for each project.
  • Tier 2 Projects: $35,001-$75,000 for each project.

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.
  • 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