Trip Minigrants 

Through the generosity our supporters, BAWT offers Richard Louv Minigrants annually in the amount of $250 each. These funds help youth organizations and schools to cover the cost of venturing into the outdoors with the youth that they serve. We call this the Richard Louv Minigrant program to honor our good friend, author Richard Louv, whose book inspired Bay Area Wilderness Training founder to get started with our work.


Only one grant per applicant will be awarded per year.
Applicants who are not selected to receive a minigrant may reapply once per calendar year.

Youth and lack of access

Number of youth served, and whether the applicant’s organization serves youth that lack opportunities to explore the natural world


Financial resources available to the trip leader and their organization and the applicant’s and organization’s minigrant history – BAWT intends to support the widest audience possible


Type of trip – overnight experiences are strongly preferred.
Goal of the trip and how it fits with the organization’s mission


Graduates of BAWT’s Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT), Frontcountry Leadership Training (FLT), Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training (CAPLT), Snowshoeing, or Gear Orientation may apply.


Minigrants are reimbursements for actual expenditures only. Reimbursements are provided for food, transportation, permits and reservations, and other standard trip costs.Grant applications will be reviewed and approved by the BAWT Program Committee. 


Applicant should expect to receive notification within two weeks if they have been awarded the scholarship with more specific information about the level of scholarship awarded and what next steps the applicant needs to take to complete payment for the course.  Applicants must pay the remaining amount to complete the registration process and be enrolled into the course. 

 If a scholarship applicant fails to register for the course, BAWT staff cannot guarantee that a space will be available on the course once the scholarship is awarded.  The course registration and scholarship application processes are separate. To avoid delays and increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship, register for your preferred course and apply for a scholarship on the same day. 

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis


Grant Reporting

WITHIN TWO WEEKS following the trip date, successful applicants must submit:

For trips that occur prior to the award notification, these documents must be submitted within two weeks following the notification. Failure to submit both receipts and the narrative will result in automatic forfeiture of the award.


Questions about the minigrant program can be directed to Executive Director Zulma Terrones,

Donate to the Richard Louv Minigrant Fund

Your support will continue on the legacy Richard Louv started. Richard Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family and community. His bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature, and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere.