NEW! DEI Training Grant Now Available

Fund critical training for your staff, board and volunteers

The Multicultural Coalition, Inc is launching a pilot grant program through Inclusion in the Outdoors to support diversity, equity and inclusion training for organizations with outdoors-based programming so that they can more empathetically and effectively serve marginalized populations. 

DEADLINE: July 31, 2024


CONTACT: Kyle Armstrong (

This grant program is funded by a grant from the Community Vision Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region


1) Read the grant guidelines

2) You will be required to submit a quote/estimate for the services you intend to pay for with the grant. We suggest you request estimates/quotes from vendors well before the deadline to ensure your application will be ready in time.

3) There are extended-answer questions in this application. We recommend you draft your answers in a separate document first and then paste them into the form fields.

A young Black boy smiles as he paddles a kayak.

At a time when the Fox Valley’s BIPOC population is growing and more and more people are coming out as queer and transgender, it’s more important than ever for our outdoor spaces and activities to be inclusive and accessible to all. People right here in our Fox Cities are missing out on the cultural connections, soul-rejuvenating joy, and numerous health benefits of being outdoors. Hmong people are still dealing with the racist fallout of the Chai Vang incident and pandemic-related anti-Asian hate; Hispanic people lack resources in their native language and are scolded for speaking Spanish in public; Black people worry about having police called on them for something as innocent as barbecuing; folks with mobility challenges are segregated to side entrances and the few paved trails; and gay couples fear harassment for holding hands. Our opportunity is to lower barriers and create a Fox Cities region where all people feel fully welcomed in our outdoor spaces. We must take action to achieve that goal; doing so will improve the health and wellbeing of members of marginalized groups, increase engagement with our local institutions, foster support for conservation and sustainability causes, and bring our community closer together.

"No inclusion initiative can erase the trauma of hateful attacks or the long history of exclusion, but we can build on the progress of past decades and make sure that our communities live up to their full potential."
Kyle Armstrong
Inclusion in the Outdoors Program Director

Advisory Committee

Updated September 14, 2023
This research was conducted by a BeWell Fox Valley AmeriCorps member hosted by the Brigade with funding from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the US federal government.



Use this form to send an email to IITO Project Director Kyle Armstrong


Inclusion in the Outdoors is supported by a grant from the Community Vision Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and by the Fund for Lake Michigan.