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. 

 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

Date Application Received Application Reviewed Notification
May 31, 2019 – September 12, 2019 September 13, 2019 Late September 2019
September 13, 2019 – December 12, 2019 December 13, 2019 Late December 2019
December 13, 2019 – March 5, 2020 March 6, 2020 Late March 2020
March 6, 2020 – May 30, 2020 May 31, 2020 Mid June 2020
May 31, 2020 – September 12, 2020 September 13, 2020 Late September 2020

Please plan ahead to ensure that your application can be reviewed prior to your trip date (though we will consider applications for trips that have already occurred). This schedule is subject to change depending on demand and funding availability.


Grant Reporting

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


  • 5 photos of youth from the trip with signed photo release.
  • Receipts (Originals only.  No credit card or bank statements)
  • An online trip report
  • A one page, reflective narrative describing their successes, challenges, and key learning moments.
  • Email the name and address you would like the check sent to.



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.