The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a great way for your local non-profit boating organization to help keep our waterways safe - but time is running out. The Foundation's Boating Safety Grant program offers individual grants of up to $4,000 for boating safety projects, but to have a chance at funding organizations need to apply by the November 1, 2006 deadline. A total of $50,000 is available for this campaign.
Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $700,000 to organizations that have developed creative projects that promote safe boating on local waterways. Some of them include creating literature on the effects of boating under the influence of alcohol to boat ramp signage informing users about free vessel safety checks.
"When the boating safety message comes from your neighbors, fellow boaters, or well-respected local organizations, it has much more credibility," said David Carter, Boating Safety Grant Manager. "This is your organization's chance to make a difference within your own community," he added.
To download an application and learn more about these Boating Safety Grants, please visit http://www.BoatUS.com/foundation or call 1-800-336-BOAT. Grant applications must be emailed or postmarked on or before November 1, 2006 and will be announced in January 2007.
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of the 670,000 members of BoatU.S. The Foundation operates more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the "Help Stop the Drops" national clean fueling campaign, a free kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program, and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.
For more information on making a tax-deductible donation to help keep programs like these afloat, go to http://www.BoatUS.com/foundation/donate.htm