The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit groups nationwide to spread the message about safe boating practices.
The Foundation received a record 148 applications for its 2007 boating safety grant cycle. Projects include life jacket exchange programs, building a tugboat for educational purposes, flying a blimp adorned with safety messages, development of radio and television public service announcements, advertising campaigns and billboard signage.
These groups will be eligible for an additional honor, the Leadership in Boating Safety Outreach award, which will be given to the group that completes the most innovative, resourceful and successful grant program. The winner receives an additional $1,000 to use toward a project.
Funds are derived from the voluntary contributions of the 670,000 members of BoatU.S.