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Last Call: Boating Grassroots Grants Available From BoatUS Foundation

Deadline April 1 to Apply

Photo Caption: North OKC Bassmasters of Norman, OK used grant funds to produce and install 20 signs encouraging boaters to wear life jackets.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 23, 2011 – The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a great way for your local nonprofit boating organization to help keep our waterways safe and clean — but time is running out. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grant program offers individual grants of up to $4,000 for boating safety and clean water projects. However, to have a chance at funding organizations need to apply by the April 1 deadline.

New to the grant program this year, applicants are encouraged to upload photos and videos showcasing their proposed project ideas or anything else that will convey their vision. Once the grant applications are received in early April, the Foundation will post the most creative applications online where the public will vote to decide which projects receive funding later this spring.

Some of the past projects include flying a blimp with safety messages above popular boating spots, producing radio public service announcements and installing signs at boat ramps highlighting the threat of invasive species. In the last 23 years, the Foundation has awarded over $1 million to organizations that have developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on their local waterways.

Groups interested in applying for one or more grants may go to to view photos of previous grant projects, review official guidelines and learn more about the program.

You can also follow the Foundation on Facebook – to be notified when voting begins.


About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to