BOGSº Footwear is thrilled to announce the launch of the BOGSº Impact Fund. This grant program will invest in outdoor education programs that provide lower income youth with opportunities to get outside to learn play, and grow. Many young people -- especially underserved and low-income communities -- don't develop a relationship with the outdoors due to lack of education, access and resources. At BOGSº, we live to get outside and we think every child should have the opportunity to do so, too.
Applications are being accepted from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations across the United States and Canada.
Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by July 22, 2019.
PROJECT OVERVIEWThe BOGSº Impact Fund will award 3-year grants to a select number of non-profits, every grant will also include an in-kind donation of BOGSº Footwear. Projects should engage underserved/low-income youth and encourage those youth to grow and learn outdoors throughout their lives. Awarded organizations should be able to demonstrate how the outdoors acts as the perfect classroom to learn, play and enjoy being a kid. The goal of this program is to provide resources and dollars to remove barriers, so all kids can have access to outdoor education opportunities.
Before you begin the application; make sure your project and organization meets the following requirements:
Projects must connect young people (ages 3-18) to outdoor education opportunities and engage them through ongoing outdoor experiences.
Projects should focus on creating a world where outdoor education is highly valued.
Organizations must have a use for BOGSº Footwear that will provide a benefit to the program and program participants.
Eligible requests should be asking for support to further sustain already existing programs that have previously illustrated impact on the local community and participants.
Eligible organizations must be based in the United States or Canada and must be designated as a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Projects should be continualy engaging local youth, the BOGSº grant will conclude in August 2022.
Project outcomes must include a minimum of 5 high-resolution photos submitted each year (due with annual reports).
Projects must use grant funding for on-the-ground program needs rather than operating or salary costs.
Special consideration will be given to projects that involve or engage:
Underserved communities or lower income youth
Non-profit organizations will be awarded $10,000 each year over a 3-year period for requests that work towards connecting young people to outdoor education experiences. Non-profit organizations that are awarded will also receive 10-20 pairs of BOGSº Footwear each year of the grant.
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION PROCESS
Criteria for this grant program have been established by BOGSº Footwear and Outdoor Foundation. Based on a rigorous review and selection process, grant recipients will be announced by August 30, 2019.
July 22, 2019 - Deadline for online application
August 30, 2019 - Grant notifications sent to applicants
September 2019 – August 2022 - Grant activation and outdoor activities
August 30, 2022 - Complete project and submit online final report