One of the latest and greatest trends in experiential learning,
outdoor education includes any education that takes place in and teaches about the natural world. Whether your school or non-profit seeks to fund an outdoor conservation education program, a wilderness survival curriculum, or an outdoor art education initiative, there are many grants available to fund such outdoor education projects.
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Each year, the National Environmental Education Foundation offers a variety of grants in many outdoor fields, including environmental and conservation education, outdoor volunteering initiatives, and outdoor recreation programs. The NEEF grants funds to a variety of organizations, especially educational institutions and other non-profit organizations. Grant award amounts typically range from $1,000 - $20,000.
Youth Outside funds non-profit organization programs that connect youth with the outdoors. This program prioritizes culturally-relevant programs for underrepresented youth and also focuses largely on conservation education programs. Youth Outside awards approximately 30 grants each year of between $15,000 and $20,000 each.
Cabela's Outdoor Fund
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grants funds to non-profit organizations that focus on outdoors advocacy, education, conservation, and philanthropy. Cabela’s prioritizes funding for hands-on outdoor learning and self-led outdoor education, with particular emphasis on outdoor education in the following three areas: camping, fishing, and hunting and shooting. Cabela’s Outdoor Fund accepts funding requests on a quarterly basis. This Fund has donated over 10 million dollars to support outdoors-related projects.
The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation
This fund provides support to varied organizations—including individuals, schools, non-profits, and religious organizations—that provide “education and adventure through activities in the outdoors.” This organization primarily funds smaller institutions rather than large schools and companies. Since the Foundation was established in 2002, it has awarded grants to 53 different recipients.
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