No Child Left Inside grants

A youth fishing education program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the creation of the No Child Left Inside Grant Program.

Recent and emerging research indicates that students are increasingly disconnected from nature. Getting more people into the outdoors is crucial for the future stewardship of Minnesota's natural resources.


The program aims to support and increase efforts to expand programming that connects youth to the outdoors. Funded by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature, these grants are provided for “outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.” (See 2019 Special Session 1, Chapter 4, Article 1, Section 3, Subd. 6)

The new grant program will have multiple phases. Phase 1 mini grants were available in October 2019. That phase now is closed but you can view a list of grants awarded.

Phase 2 grants

Phase 2 grants consist of larger grant awards with a more extensive application process, competitive review and longer project timeframes. These grants have a minimum request of $5,000 and a maximum request of $49,999.

No match is required for Phase 2 grants but the amount of match provided by applicants will be considered in the evaluation of proposals.

The Phase 2 grant application deadline was 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. That phase now is closed and applications for Phase 1 and 2 are no longer being accepted. You can view a list of Phase 2 grants awarded.

Future phases

The 2021 Minnesota Legislature provided additional funding to the DNR for the No Child Left Inside Grant Program. We are working on plans for new phases of grants for fall or winter of 2021 with projects likely able to start in spring and summer of 2022.

If you wish to be notified of future phases of the No Child Left Inside Grant Program, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Add me to the contact list" or call 888-646-6367.

Next step

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