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The Inside the Outdoors Foundation was founded in 1989 by Nathaniel Lamm while working for the Orange County Department of Education. The Foundation, an IRS 501(c)3 California non-profit corporation, provides financial, educational, and advisory support to Inside the Outdoors. This is an environmental education program that does not receive tax-based funding and is administered by the Orange County Department of Education. The Inside the Outdoors Foundation solicits financial support for Inside the Outdoors through the grant writing process. Businesses and corporations including The Boeing Company, Orange County Community Foundation, Orange County Sanitation, Southern California Edison, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and others have awarded the Foundation money.
Any public or private schools, grades K-12 in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties may apply. Some funding is restricted to specific counties and/or demographics which is designated by the funding source. These restrictions are listed under the specific grant if applicable.
The applications will be reviewed by Inside the Outdoors. Recommendations will then be made to the Grants Committee of the Inside the Outdoors Foundation. Decisions will be made based on the following criteria:
One grant may be funded per teacher or grade level for each program (Virtual Programs, Field Trips and Traveling Scientist). If additional funds are available, a teacher may receive more than one grant.
After participation in the funded program, the school will receive an invoice for any remaining amount due (if applicable). If your grant is a full sponsorship, your school will not receive an invoice. All grants are presented tax-free and are paid in full, regardless of the amount. If requested, a "simulation" check for the grant amount can be given to the school for a presentation.
Grant applications may be accepted throughout the school year, pending funds are still available and the grant deadline has not passed. You will be notified via email of your grant status within one month after receipt. Once the funds have been fully disbursed, applications will no longer be accepted. It is highly recommended that you apply for our grants as early as possible.