Apply for the Spring 2022 CORE Grant!

Adventure Trips with the Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education (CORE) have been shown to decrease stress levels and increase a sense of belonging. The Department of Recreational Sports believes that these factors, in addition to physical activity, are key components of a successful student.

The CORE Grant aims to reduce financial barriers for UF students to participate in valuable Adventure Trip experiences. CORE awards approximately 6 $180 grants to UF students each Fall and Spring semester, as well as up to 2 $180 grants for the Outdoor Leadership Course. If you are interested in learning more about the OLC CORE Grant, then please visit the “How to become a TRiP Leader” tab on this website.

Applications for the CORE Grant are open from March 19 – April 10. To apply for the CORE grant, please complete this form.

CORE Grant Guidelines

Apply for the CORE Grant today! Students must submit an application and meet the below criteria in order to be considered for a grant

  • Must be a current UF student
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must demonstrate financial need for the grant

Successful grant recipients are awarded $180.

  • The $180 can be used for Adventure Trip registration or gear rental. Students can use funds to register for multiple trips or workshops if they choose.
  • If the registration price is higher than $180, the student will be responsible for paying any remaining balance.
  • Grant money is only valid and usable within 1 calendar year from the time is awarded.
  • CORE Grants awarded for the Outdoor Leadership Course can only be awarded to students accepted into the course.

Contact the Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation, Braja Smith, at b.smith2@ufl.edu with any questions.

Donate to the CORE Grant

Want to help students get outdoors? Participants on CORE Adventure Trips report greatly reduced stress, an increased sense of belonging, and a greater connection to nature. Donating to the CORE Grant helps reduce financial barriers for students. As one student wrote, “The companionship with the rest of the group was the most memorable part of the trip. Throughout the trip, I felt like I made a lot of strong friendships that made the trip an amazing experience as we all supported each other and I got to view a full night sky with no light pollution for the first time.”


Instructions to Donate

  • Go to https://recsports.ufl.edu/about/friends-and-alumni/core-grant/
  • Click ‘make a gift’ button.
  • The Department of Recreation Sports will appear as the selected fund. Click ‘x’ to remove the selection.
  • The screen should then change to ‘If you know the name of the fund you’d like to give to, type it in here’. In the space provided, type ‘CORE Grant’
  • Type in amount and follow instructions on screen.

Contact the Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation, Braja Smith, at b.smith2@ufl.edu with any questions.