Who should apply for No Child Left Inside grants

Eligible applicants

A youth cross-country skiing education experienceTo be eligible for Phase 1 mini grants, applicants must be one of the following:

  • Public entity (cities, counties, special purpose districts)
  • Native American Tribe
  • Non-profit organization
  • Formal school program
  • Informal after school program
  • Community-based and city youth program

Private businesses, state and federal agencies, and other applicants who do not meet these criteria are not eligible for this grant program.

Eligible projects

Outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth under age 18. A full list of program types and activities are listed in the application. Please check all that apply.


Grant dollars cannot be used for activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, tags or stamps
  • Group banquets, raffle prizes or other fundraising activities
  • Hunting and fishing competitions with cash awards or prizes larger than nominal value
  • For-profit projects
  • Administrative costs, such as overhead or indirect costs
  • Purchase of firearms and ammunition

Match: No match is required for the Phase 1 mini grant program but organizations are encouraged to include a match of dollars or in-kind labor, materials and/or services. The amount of match provided by applicants will be considered in the evaluation of proposals.

Grant reviewers will consider the following project criteria when determining awards:

  • Meet at least one category of eligible programs or activities in the application
  • Distribution of awards on a geographically balanced, statewide basis
  • Provide students direct experiences and understanding of nature
  • Use research-based, effective environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural-resource-based educational curriculum
  • Maximize number of participants, especially from diverse and underrepresented populations
  • Serve children with limited opportunities to outdoor activities
  • Use public parks and other natural resource venues and personnel as resources
  • Commit matching funds or in-kind

Next step

Thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for permission to use of "No Child Left Inside."