Youth Outside Grant

Youth Outside

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Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 30, 2020 11:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County Show all

Location of residency: California

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About this funder:



Our Mission

We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.

Our Vision

We envision a day when all youth have equitable access to the positive benefits of meaningful outdoor experiences and the opportunity to be champions of our planet. 


At Youth Outside, we believe a meaningful experience in nature can change the course of a life. We lead the field by providing grantmaking, capacity-building, and training to outdoor professionals and thought-leaders. In doing so, we strive to ensure that as many youth as possible can partake in the life-changing experience of the outdoors. Youth Outside remains committed to cultural relevancy in the outdoor field, to improving outcomes in health, and to increasing environmental stewardship by youth served in outdoor programs. Our grantmaking program can be a wonderful opportunity to support your organization's capacity for sustainable programming while enhancing leadership opportunities for the underrepresented youth in your programs.

Who are underrepresented youth?

Youth Outside strives to serve youth who are underrepresented in the outdoor and environmental fields. Underrepresented youth are those who have traditionally not seen their identities reflected in outdoor spaces, green jobs, and the environmental movement as a whole. We advocate for the inclusion and representation of diverse communities, especially those who have had historical and systemic barriers to accessing the outdoors.

What is cultural relevancy?

Youth Outside defines cultural relevancy as the ability to effectively reach and engage communities and their youth in a manner consistent with the cultural context and values of that community, while effectively addressing disparities of equity and inclusion within an organization's entire structure. Cultural relevancy is a central underpinning of Youth Outside's grantmaking and strategic programs.

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


  • Your organization meets our grantmaking criteria if the organization:
    • Is a federal and California exempt 501(c)(3) organization and/or a public charity or a public agency, school district, or a federally recognized tribe, or a fiscally sponsored project of an exempt organization;
    • Has an annual operating budget of $3 million or less;
    • Operates within the  service area of Northern and Central California; and
    • Provides outdoor experiences for underrepresented youth ages 12–18 or youth in 6th–12th grades.


  • Youth Outside will give preference to organizations that that have demonstrated competency or commitment to strengthening their capacity in the following areas:
    • Organizational leadership – board and staff – that reflect the communities they serve
    • Partnerships and community engagements
    • Program design and participation
    • Increased Cultural Relevancy throughout the organization
    • to organizations that have the capability and willingness to leverage and/or share these competencies with other organizations


  • Organizations currently receiving a multi-year grant from Youth Outside are not eligible to apply for a grant until they are in the last year of their grant award.