No Child Left Inside grant application

The submission period for 2024 grants is closed. We are no longer accepting applications. Information on future grants will be posted in fall 2024.

2024 grant cycle

October 30, 2023
No Child Left Inside 2024 grant program announced to the public. Grant application materials available on the DNR's website.
Dec. 12, 2023
Applications due by 2 p.m. CST. DNR review begins.
By Jan. 31, 2024
MINI Grant applicants notified by email of award status.
By March 15, 2024
LARGER grant applicants notified by email of award status.
February-June 2024
Awardees complete necessary forms, sign and return grant contract grant agreements. Project work, including match activities, cannot begin until awardee receives an executed agreement from the DNR.
June 30, 2024
All grant agreement contracts must be signed and fully executed.
June 30, 2025
All reimbursable grant project work must be completed.
July 30, 2025
Deadline to submit all expense reimbursements and final project report. Projects ending earlier must submit final reports within 30 days of project completion.

How to apply

  • Please read the complete request for proposals before submitting an application.
  • You may also wish to reference these additional resources before beginning your application:
    1. Program questions and answers
    2. Sample grant contract agreement: Demonstrates the expectations of completing a grant project with the MN DNR
    3. Insurance requirements: Lists the insurance grantees are required to have
    4. Sample workplan: Provides an example for those considering a Larger grant application
    5. Sample report and payment request: Provides an example of reporting expectations.
  • Determine if your project is better suited for a MINI grant ($500-$5,000) or a LARGER grant ($5,001-$25,000). You may only apply for one grant type. Complete the correct 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.
    1. MINI grant application form
    2. LARGER grant application form
  • Incomplete applications and those received after 2 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 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 2024 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.


Sign up today for updates!

Find answers on our questions and answers page or email [email protected]. You also can use the sign-up box at right to receive program updates via email.

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

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