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BoatUS Foundation Makes It Easier to Apply for
Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grants
Deadline for Applications: February 28
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Annapolis, Md. January 13, 2010 –- In the last 20 years the BoatU.S. Foundation has awarded more than $1 million from two separate grant programs targeting local grassroots organizations. Now the national nonprofit, which is largely funded by members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is making it easier for organizations to apply by combining its former Boating Safety and Clean Water Grants into a new, single Grassroots Grants Program. Local groups, community organizations and nonprofits are eligible for grants for up to $4,000 each and may apply using one application that covers both topics. A total of up to $50,000 is available this grant cycle, however, local community groups need to have their applications in by February 28. Grantees will be announced by June 15.
“Our grant program looks for innovative projects that encourage boaters to be safe and keep our waterways clean,” said Grant Program Manager Alanna Keating. “Projects have ranged from high-flying blimps carrying safety messages and radio public service announcements, to custom-made fuel spill containment kits and signs at boat ramps highlighting the threat of invasive species,” she added.
Groups interested in applying for one or more Grassroots Grants may go to www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/Grants to look at previous grant projects and photos, review current guidelines and frequently asked questions, and to apply online. You may also sign up for a free Foundation e-newsletter that will let you be the first to know about any upcoming grant programs and deadlines.
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. It provides educational outreach directly to boaters with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit was founded in 1981 and is funded primarily by the half million members of BoatUS.