Go Outside Fund
Connecting children to Wisconsin’s outdoors
We know that nature provides tremendous physical and mental health benefits – yet today’s children spend less than 1% of their time outside. The Go Outside Fund provides funding that helps connect youth to outdoor, nature-based learning experiences. Teachers or partner organizations may apply for funding to cover costs that facilitate getting kids outside and hands-on with nature, such as purchasing field supplies, or paying for transportation, substitute teachers, or educator costs. Grants between $100 and $500 are available.
- Grant applications must include a significant component of outdoor activity.
- Grant applications must directly engage children in outdoor, nature-based learning or facilitate access to the outdoors.
- Grant applications that align with classroom learning and standards are encouraged but not required.
- Applicant must be one of the following: a public charity with approved 501(c)(3) exempt status; a federal, state, or local governmental unit, an Indian tribe; or an accredited school, college, or university.
- Project must directly engage youth age pre-K – 12.
- Project activities must take place after the Go Outside Fund due date.
- Project expenses may not have incurred prior to submitting the application.
How to Apply:
- Determine if your project addresses our grantmaking priorities and meets our eligibility requirements.
- Complete the application.
- Include proof of IRS tax-exempt status.
- Submit all materials to Caitlin Williamson by March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, or December 31st.
- Applicants will be notified six weeks following the submission deadline.
Director of Conservation Programs
(608) 409-3109, extension 1009
Cait oversees the Foundation’s grant programs and initiatives for conservation and environmental education, ensuring that our investments are science-based, strategic, and impactful. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development and capacity building.