Previous Outdoor Nation Grant Opportunities

Outdoor Nation Northeast Campus Clubs

The Outdoor Nation Northeast Campus Clubs program will engage colleges and universities over the course of a full academic year – building a strong connection between campus communities, outdoor recreation and the National Park Service. College and universities in the following states are eligible for this opportunity: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine (defined as the Northeast Region of the National Park Service).

The schools selected for the Northeast Campus Club program in 2014 include: 

Brown University, MIT, Wilkes University, Colgate University, Shippensburg University, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Green Mountain College, Loyola University Maryland and Amherst College.

2014 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

We’re kicking off our search for the National Outdoor Campus Champion. That’s right, Outdoor Nation is looking to invest in university campuses across the US – empowering students and staff to change the way their communities engage in the outdoors. For the next month, colleges and universities across America can submit their best ideas on how to get the student body, alumni and local community – outside and recreating, preferably with friends.

The schools selected to participate in the 2014 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge include:

Appalachian State University, California State University, Long Beach, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Michigan Technological University, Spelman College, University of Central Florida, University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The North Face Explore Fund

The Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, help create a connection to nature that will help empower the future leaders of tomorrow, and inspire the exploration of natural places. The Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, help create a connection to nature that will help empower the future leaders of tomorrow and inspire exploration of natural places. In 2014, the Explore fund will award $250,000 to 25 organizations. 15 of those organizations will receive $5,000 and the remaining 10 grants will be awarded based on online voting taking place this summer. The next cycle of the Explore Fund will open March 16, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information.

Paddle Nation Project Grants

The Paddle Nation Project award grants up to $2,500 or less that are designed to give young individuals the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation ideas to life. This funding supports pioneering projects and initiatives that are youth-developed that result in increased paddling participation. Projects reinforce the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors.

CHECK OUT THE 2015 PADDLE NATION WINNING PROJECTS.

CHECK OUT THE 2014 PADDLE NATION WINNING PROJECTS.

CHECK OUT THE 2013 PADDLE NATION WINNING PROJECTS.

Check out the Paddle Nation video below that highlights the 2014 grantees.

***The Paddle Nation Project is made possible by support and funding from the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Paddle-sport companies, Emerald Expositions and the National Park Service (NPS).

The KEEN Effect

The KEEN Effect supports projects and initiatives around the world that result in an increase of responsible outdoor participation. KEEN defines outdoor as anyplace without a ceiling. Approximately 25 non-profit organizations around the world will be granted a total of $100,000 to bring their projects to life. Applications are only being accepted from tax exempt, not for profit organizations. CHECK OUT THE WINNING PROJECTS ON THE KEEN BLOG!

CLICK HERE FOR KEEN EFFECT PROJECT SUMMARIES.

GO NC! Health Challenge Grants

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and NC Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) in collaboration with Outdoor Foundation/Outdoor Nation are proud to have launched the 2013 GO NC! Health Challenge Grants. The GO NC! Health Challenge Grants was a statewide competition that focused directly on enhancing the link between outdoor activity and health. Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) is an initiative that encourages North Carolinians to get outside and get active through the advancement of North Carolina’s greenway systems, increased access to public bicycles and the overall promotion of outdoor physical activity. CHECK OUT THE WINNING PROJECTS!

Merrell Pack Project Grants

The Pack Project Grants support people and organizations working to increase participation in active outdoor recreation while also creating meaningful connections to the natural world. In 2013, Merrell awarded $25,000 to a 10 projects through their ambassador program called The Pack. There were two cycles of the grant program, one in spring and one in late summer. Grants were awarded to the most innovative, impactful and sustainable projects focusing on increasing outdoor recreation in communities across the country while also creating significant relationships with the environment. CHECK OUT THE 2013 WINNING PROJECTS.

Game ON! Challenge Grants

The Outdoor Foundation, through its Outdoor Nation initiative, partnered with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) as well as leaders in the conservation community and entertainment gaming industry to launch Game ON! Challenge Grants. This first-of-its-kind pilot program invested in youth-inspired projects that leverage entertainment gaming technologies and principles to get a new generation outdoors, active and engaged in conservation challenges. CHECK OUT THE 2013 GAME ON! WINNING PROJECTS.

Take Me Fishing Awards

The Take Me Fishing Awards of $2,500 or less are designed to give young individuals the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation ideas to life. This award supports pioneering projects and initiatives that are youth-developed and result in increased fishing participation. Projects reinforce the idea that recreational fishing is one of the first and most important ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. CHECK OUT THE 2013 TAKE ME FISHING AWARD WINNING PROJECTS.

CHECK OUT THE 2012 WINNING PROJECTS.

CamelBak Challenge Grants

The Camelbak Challenge is designed to give millenials and non-profits the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation ideas to life around water conservation and stewardship. This grant opportunity supports pioneering projects and initiatives that are millenial-developed and directly address the question, how will you use $500 and 100 water bottles to connect millenials to environmental issues and create sustainable eco-friendly practices in your community around water conservation?
CHECK OUT THE 2013 CAMELBAK CHALLENGE WINNING PROJECTS.

CHECK OUT THE 2010 WINNING PROJECTS.

Grassroot Outdoor Alliance Activation Grants

**Only available to employees of GOA Members

Outdoor Nation and Grassroots Alliance, a group of independent outdoor retailers, awarded four activation grants totaling $10,000. Grantees are young outdoor leaders ages 18 to 28 who have innovative ideas for ‘grassroots’ projects that get young people outdoors and active. The winning projects come from bright young leaders who work at one of the more than 70 Grassroots Outdoor Alliance specialty stores. The initiative is part of the Outdoor Nation grant program, which invests in projects spearheaded by the next generation of outdoor leaders. CHECK OUT THE WINNING PROJECTS.

Outdoor Nation California Action Awards

The Outdoor Nation California Action Awards awarded $2,500 to four individuals who had the best, most innovative, project ideas for how to strengthen environmental literacy in the state of California. This award was designed to allow youth to grow as leaders and influencers within their community while addressing one of the most challenging issues facing young people today – environmental illiteracy. Winning projects are youth-led and empower young people to be part of the decision making process related to environmental literacy. After all, who better to have a voice in outdoor education than the students themselves! CHECK OUT THE WINNING PROJECTS.

Outdoor Nation Grants

Outdoor Nation recognizes that sometimes the smallest grant can make the largest difference. The Outdoor Nation Grants opportunity is awarded $2,500 to bring innovative ideas to life. This projects support the goals of the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, launched by President Obama in early 2011, and allow youth to tackle some of the many challenges facing young people today, from a population’s disconnect with the outdoors to a community’s overall declining health. These community-based, youth led-initiatives leverage existing programs and resources, including the National Park Service. CHECK OUT THE WINNING PROJECTS.

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If you have any questions about Outdoor Nation grant programs, contact Ivan Levin at ilevin@outdoorfoundation.org.

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