No Child Left Inside grant application

Applications for phase 4 closed on March 10, 2022. We expect additional grant phases to be announced in late 2022 or early 2023.

Phase 4 large grant cycle

Deadlines & dates

January 2022
No Child Left Inside 2021 phase 4 grant program announced to the public. Grant application materials available.
March 10, 2022, 2 p.m. CST
Phase 4 applications due. DNR review of applications begins.
May 2022
Applicants notified by email of award status.
May/June 2022
Awardees complete necessary forms, sign and return grant agreements. Project work cannot begin until awardee receives executed agreement from the DNR. Applicants should not plan to start any reimbursable project work prior to June 1, 2022. Project work, including match activities, cannot begin until awardee receives an executed agreement from the DNR.
June 30, 2022
Grant Agreement Contracts must be signed and fully executed.
June 30, 2023
All reimbursable grant project work must be completed.
July 30, 2023
Deadline to submit all expense reimbursements and final project report. Projects ending earlier must submit reports within 30 days after completion of the grant.

How to apply

Phase 4 grant applications may be submitted any time before the application deadline of 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Applications will not be reviewed and scored until after the application deadline. Please read the complete request for proposals before submitting an application.

  • Complete the application electronically using Adobe Acrobat Pro or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Other PDF tools may not completely or accurately save the information you provide on the grant application.
  • Download the grant application, save it to your computer and open it in Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Reader to electronically complete the application.
  • Incomplete applications and those received after 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 10, 2022, will not be considered.
  • Do not submit any additional information beyond what is requested in the application.

DNR staff will follow up with you once your application is reviewed. If you are awarded a grant, you will be notified regarding next steps in the process.

A match is required for the phase 4 large grant program. No minimum match is required and it can include a match of dollars or in-kind labor, materials, and services. Examples of match could include teacher time, parent volunteer hours, program costs not covered by the grant, time spent on reports and other administrative tasks associated with the grant project.


If you have a question about these grants, the application itself or any of the application materials, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Grant Questions" or call call 888-646-6367.

The DNR extends its thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the use of "No Child Left Inside."