Are you a teacher? Do you run a community, after-school program? Are you working with youth in a nonprofit, tribal, or other organization? Would you like to help children be healthier, happier, and more successful—both in school and in life?
Grant applications are being accepted now for the No Child Left Inside program. This program provides money for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.
Research shows that getting kids outdoors can vastly improve their lives. Researchers have concluded that less contact with nature results in more childhood stress, obesity, and disengagement. Outdoor education programs involving interaction with nature counteract this condition, enhancing children’s self-esteem, health, academic performance, personal responsibility, and community involvement.
The No Child Left Inside grant program is intended to empower local communities to engage students in outdoor education and recreation experiences and focuses on serving students with the greatest needs. Students work to improve their overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health, and understanding of nature.
The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is accepting applications now until February 16, 2016.
If you are considering applying for a grant, you will want to:
· Review the Manual: Details about the grant program, including eligible programs, project types, and evaluation requirements are in RCO Manual 23, No Child Left Inside. Please review this document before starting your application.
· Start Application in PRISM: You must submit a complete application using RCO’s online database PRISM. This means all documents must be completed and in PRISM by the application deadline. Request a PRISM User Account. Allow enough time. This might take several business days.
· Download Application Materials: A volunteer advisory committee evaluates and scores your application based on your written answers to evaluation questions and your PRISM application. The evaluation template and the budget worksheet can be found online. The template and worksheet must be completed and attached to your project in PRISM by the deadline.
Helpful Links and Tutorials
· How to Start a New Application in PRISM Online
· PRISM 101
For More Information, go to www.rco.wa.gov/grants/ncli.shtml
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