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BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants

New, Easier, '365-Day Rolling' Application Announced


Groups can apply all year for funds for boating safety and clean-boating projects.

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water just made it easier for nonprofit organizations including community-based groups, boat clubs, angling and environmental organizations, USCG Auxiliary, or US Power Squadrons to apply for a Grassroots Grant.

Started over 25 years ago, the BoatUS member-funded grant program provides groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. The Foundation announced recently a completely new "365-day rolling" grant application process that allows applicants to apply at any time throughout the year, speeding the review process and allowing more flexibility in funding projects.

PROJECT: CLEAN -- Recycled Fish used BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant funds for their One Million Stewards program that promoted clean-boating practices.

Submitting a short letter of intent explaining the idea is all an applicant needs to do to start the process. If the idea is strong and meets Grassroots Grant program guidelines, BoatUS Foundation will ask for a full proposal. Gone is having to wait for the once-a-year "cycle" of funding, and groups will have better ability to apply for funds when they need them. Decision-making will also be greatly expedited.

Past projects have ranged from public service announcements on the effects of boating under the influence and installing fishing line recycling bins, to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris and a unique airborne blimp adorned with boating safety messages.

Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million to organizations that have developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on their local waterways. For more information or how to apply, go to


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