Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

No Child Left Inside Grants


The No Child Left Inside grant program is provided for “outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.”

Application & Review Process

Deadline: Dec. 12, 2023

Applicants should download the RFP and fill out the application (PDF). Applications are reviewed by the DNR on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Funding Amount

$500 – $5,000

The minimum request is $500 and the maximum request is $5,000. Grantees are reimbursed for project costs covered by the grant. A match is required, which could be cash or in-kind (no specific amount is specified). Funding for this grant program has been allocated by the Legislature.



Education classes; training; programs at state parks and trails; outdoor recreation activities with an educational, health, or wellness component; investigations on water issues or water education; angling; hunting; paddle sports; cross-country skiing; hiking; biking

people icon orange People/Engagement


Public entities (cities, counties, special purpose districts, public schools); Native American tribes, schools or governments; Non-profit organizations (including informal, after school, and early childhood programs and community-based youth programs)

columns icon orange Government Entity

heart handshake orange 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Land Type & Geography

Projects must take place in MN, ideally at public parks or other natural resource venues.

state icon orange State

region icon orange Regional

local icon orange Local

orange tree Parks

orange trail icon Trails

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
Phase 2Not released
Phase 1$233,70759$3,961

Past Award Examples

$770Compassionate Rochester MN and Diversity CouncilBird Sleuth Explorer’s Guide Class
$850Ruffed Grouse Society Rum River ChapterUpland Bird Camp
$2,175Children’s Museum of Southern MNPrairie’s Edge Exploration Backpacks
$5,000Pedal Power MNWebster School Biking
$5,000City of DuluthConnecting Youth to Nature by Snowshoeing

The information about this grant was last updated on 10/28/2021. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.