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.

Grantmaking Priorities:

  • 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:

  1. Determine if your project addresses our grantmaking priorities and meets our eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Include proof of IRS tax-exempt status.
  4. Submit all materials to Caitlin Williamson by March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, or December 31st.
  5. Applicants will be notified six weeks following the submission deadline.
Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

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.