The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of mini grants through the extremely popular No Child Left Inside Grant Program. These grants help more children cast a line, study animal tracks, hike or bike, or simply learn more about nature.
Public entities and non-profit organizations serving youth under age 18 are able to apply for mini grants. A total of $200,000 is available for programs all around Minnesota. The minimum request is $500 up to $5,000. Future phases of the grant program will have larger grant awards with more extensive application and review processes.
Applications can be submitted beginning at 9 a. m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, and awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. The application period will close once all the money is awarded. All the reimbursable grant project work must be completed by June 30, 2023.
Funding can be used for outdoor
recreation equipment, transportation and related natural resource education expenses. Successful grants will:
• Be distributed in a way that ensures statewide impact
• Provide students direct experiences and understanding of nature
• Use research-based, effective environmental, ecological, agricultural or other natural-resource-based educational curriculum
• Maximize the number of participants
• 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 support.
For more information on the grant program and a link to the application, visit mndnr.gov/R3.