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Help Get Kids Outside—State Offers Grants for Youth Outdoor Education, Recreation

Do you work with kids? Would you like to help children be healthier, happier, and more successful—both in school and in life? Do you want to expose them to all the beauty in Washington’s great outdoors? Then consider applying for a No Child Left Inside grant.

No Child Left Inside grants provide outdoor recreation and education programs for youth in Washington state, including science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) programs and environmental, agricultural or other natural resource-based education programs.

Typical programs would be those that offer backpacking or camping, boating, environmental education, fishing or hunting, hiking, orienteering or rock climbing, farming education and community farms. The programs must be delivered in Washington state and must be delivered outdoors.

Grant recipients may ask for as much as $75,000 for each program. The state expects to award about $1.5 million in grants. Of that, $500,000 will be awarded to organizations with at least one veteran on staff who will implement the grant.

This fairly new state grant program is aimed at offering kids a chance to experience nature through education or recreation programs. The program targets students at risk of failing or dropping out of school, under-represented learners, and kids facing social, behavioral, economic, or health barriers. Special consideration will be given to programs that employ vets. Learn details of the grant program at http://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/ncli.shtml. But don’t wait too long. Applications close Jan. 17.

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