Step Outside Grant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Ohio

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NOTE: Application period is ongoing, until funds are exhausted for the Fiscal Year (July 1 – June 30).

Step Outside Grants

The Step Outside Grant is designed to promote outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, and shooting sports. (Maximum of $500) 

What is the Step Outside Grant Program?

The ODNR Division of Wildlife Step Outside Grant Program is offered to local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other family and youth-oriented facilities to promote outdoor skills such as fishing, hunting, trapping, archery and shooting sports. These grants are designed to provide funding for activities that are otherwise unaffordable for the sponsoring agency or organization. They are not meant to fund existing programs or to provide ongoing funding for newly established programs or activities. This mini-application is designed to facilitate the application process and to make the grants accessible to all interested agencies and organizations.

What are some suggested activities that are eligible for funding?

  • Family Fishing Days (fishing and aquatic education activities)
  • Outdoor Skills Days (shooting and fishing activities)
  • Shooting Skills Days (rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, archery shooting)
  • Beginning Trapping Skills Days (hands-on trapping activities)
  • Advanced Hunting Clinics (species specific to include hands-on participation)
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day Activities
  • Free Fishing Days Activities and Celebration
  • National Fishing Week Activities
  • National Trapping Month Activities

How much money is available? 

An organization can apply for one (1) Step Outside Grant in a fiscal year and can be divided between project proposals. Each Step Outside Grant is $500 total per fiscal year and can be divided between project proposals. In some situations, an organization can apply for two (2) Step Outside Grants in a fiscal year.

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


  • Who is eligible to apply for the grant?
    • Schools, park and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments, and other organizations that have Federal Tax ID Number and want to sponsor fishing, hunting, trapping, archery and shooting sports within Ohio are eligible.
    • Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event.
    • The grant applicant is responsible for contract administration, permitting, fund management and final report submission.
  • Activities and events must have an educational value and include a hands-on experience.
  • What are some examples of expenses that grant money be used for?
    • Insurance
    • Picnic supplies/refreshments
    • Ammunition, shooting supplies, targets and clay targets
    • Live bait and terminal fishing tackle
    • Advertisement flyers and brochures for the scheduled event
    • Special population supplies and services (interpreters, adaptive equipment)
  • All activities supported by the ODNR Division of Wildlife must be open to all citizens regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, mobility, visual disabilities, or learning disabilities. Risk management and safety considerations, however, may limit active participation by some age or ability groups.
  • Activities supported through the grant must include a minimum of 25 participants OR be open to the public. A ratio of one instructor for every five participants is recommended.


  • What type of programming is preferred?
    • Programs consisting of all R3 components (recruitment, retention and reactivation) are highly recommended.


  • Activities involving competition are not eligible.
  • Private individuals are not eligible