Youth Outside Grant

Youth Outside

Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 30, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

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

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County Expand all

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At Youth Outside, we believe a meaningful experience in nature can change the course of a life. We lead the field by counseling, coaching, and funding outdoor educators and thought-leaders 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 and to improving outcomes in health as well as increasing environmental stewardship of the youth served by 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.

Underrepresented Youth

Youth Outside strives to serve youth who are underrepresented in the outdoors and nature. 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 populations, especially those who have had historical and systemic barriers to accessing the outdoors.

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 diversity and inclusion within an organization's entire structure. Cultural relevancy is a central underpinning of Youth Outside's grantmaking and strategic programs.


Youth Outside is committed to:

  • improving outcomes in health
  • increasing environmental stewardship of the youth served by outdoor programs, and
  • to cultural relevancy in the outdoor field.

In addition to supporting programming, we consider our grantmaking an excellent opportunity to support organizations through their cultural relevancy efforts. We seek to support organizations committed to impacting important equity issues within the outdoor field.

This upcoming year is the third year that Youth Outside will offer multi-year grants awarded as general operating support. If your organization is selected as a grantee, you will be provided with an award to support programming or general operation that lasts either two or three years. In year one, grants will not exceed $50,000 and the amount will taper each year of the grant.

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.