GO Grants

The North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council is pleased to announce the creation of the North Carolina Schools Go Outside (GO) Grant to help address the main barrier to getting kids outside during the school day – funding. Field trips and outdoor experiences offer students opportunities to explore and learn in hands-on environments. With limited dollars available from our local school systems, such engaging and active styles of learning are becoming things of the past.

GO Grants are $250 to $2,500 grants that will be provided to access field study locations and assist with other expenditures that result from taking students outdoors. Qualifying for grants require instructors demonstrate how the experience will address topics currently being taught in class and that the experience meets the goals of the Outdoor Heritage Trust Fund plan. The program also allows staff at field study sites to apply on behalf of teachers with their permission.  Grants can range from $250 to $2,500.

The GO Grants will be awarded by the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Trust Fund for Youth Outdoor Heritage Promotion which is administered by the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council. The Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council and Trust Fund were established in 2015 by the North Carolina General Assembly in an effort to expand the opportunities for persons age 16 and under to engage in outdoor recreational activities.

Every student in North Carolina should have the opportunity to go explore the great outdoors. To help students, please consider making a contribution to the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Trust Fund.

For questions contact Matthew Mercer at 919-707-4036 or Matthew.Mercer@nc.gov

Guidelines for applying: 

  • Grants are awarded for amounts $250-$2,500. The amount you are requesting cannot exceed $2,500. 
  • Any North Carolina K-12 school is eligible to apply.
  • Who can apply? Any school employee or field trip location employee on behalf of the school. The money will be given directly to the school. 
  • Preference is given to trips taking place for the first time. 
  • Each school is eligible to receive one grant per class/grade per school year. For example: The same group of students can't get multiple grants but different grades at the same school can. 
  • You must list two different phone numbers as contact numbers, this helps when we have questions about your application and when notifying you of your grant approval. 

How to Apply

1. Print and fill out the application form (PDF).

2. Return the completed application form along with any additional supporting documentation you would like included to:

North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council
1715 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1715


E-mail to Matthew.Mercer@nc.gov

Grants will be reviewed and awarded as applications are returned to the Council.