At Youth Outside, we believe a meaningful experience in nature can change the course of a life. We lead the field by counseling, coaching, and funding outdoor educators and thought-leaders to ensure that as many youth as possible can partake in the life-changing experience of the outdoors. Youth Outside remains committed to cultural relevancy in the outdoor field and to improving outcomes in health as well as increasing environmental stewardship of the youth served by outdoor programs. Our grantmaking program can be a wonderful opportunity to support your organization's capacity for sustainable programming while enhancing leadership opportunities for the underrepresented youth in your programs.

Who are underrepresented youth?

Youth Outside strives to serve youth who are underrepresented in the outdoors and nature. Underrepresented youth are those who have traditionally not seen their identities reflected in outdoor spaces, green jobs, and the environmental movement as a whole. We advocate for the inclusion and representation of diverse populations, especially those who have had historical and systemic barriers to accessing the outdoors.

What is cultural relevancy?

Youth Outside defines cultural relevancy as the ability to effectively reach and engage communities and their youth in a manner consistent with the cultural context and values of that community, while effectively addressing disparities of diversity and inclusion within an organization's entire structure. Cultural relevancy is a central underpinning of Youth Outside's grantmaking and strategic programs.


Your organization's Letter of Intent is due to Youth Outside by November 30, 2016. Organizations are notified in March of their status, and awards are publicly announced in April. Grant reports are due each year on January 31st.

2017 Letter of Intent Webinar

Carefully review Youth Outside's 2017 Letter of Intent Guidelines and Criteria before submitting your organization's LOI. Youth Outside hosted a webinar on November 9 which addressed questions that had been submitted to us beforehand. You can access the webinar here.