Paddle Nation Project Grant

Outdoor Nation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 13, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Outdoor Nation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from 501c3 non-profit organizations and colleges/universities who are interested in connecting young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling.

The Paddle Nation Project is made possible by support and funding from the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Retailer and Confluence Outdoor.

Project Overview

Outdoor Nation recognizes that sometimes the smallest awards can make the largest differences. The Paddle Nation Project will award grants up to $5,000 that are designed to give organizations the resources and funding needed to bring their innovative ideas to life.

This funding opportunity supports pioneering projects and initiatives that result in increased paddling participation. Projects should reinforce the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. 

Award Amount

Non-profit organizations can be awarded UP TO $5,000 for requests that work towards creating connections between young people with their local waterways through recreational paddling. Projects will be awarded funding along with technical support and guidance from the Outdoor Foundation.

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


  • Project Requirements:
    • Projects must increase participation in recreational paddling activities among youth and young adults.
    • Projects should use paddling as a way to educate participants and provide them with the skills that they'll enjoy for a lifetime.
    • Projects should have a local outdoor retailer sponsor involved that is able to offer program support, promotion, and/or partnership.
    • Projects should engage underserved youth and encourage a passion for paddle sports.
    • Projects should be innovative and creative.
    • Projects must begin in Spring/Summer 2018 and must be completed by December 2018.
    • Project outcomes must include a minimum of 5 high-resolution photos and a 1- to 3-minute video highlighting project scope.
    • Projects must use grant funding for on-the-ground program needs rather than operating or salary costs.
  • Project Criteria:
    • Projects should be innovative and creative.
    • Projects should utilize social media channels as a way to reach additional audiences and engage with participants.


  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, special consideration will be given to projects that involve or engage Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Water Trails.