BoatU.S. Foundation makes safety grants available

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water will give grants of up to $4,000 to local community organizations for projects that focus on increasing the voluntary use of life jackets by recreational boaters, the foundation said in a release today.

“While all applications to our 2005 Boating Safety Grant program will be reviewed for a variety of boating safety programs, preferential treatment will be given to those that focus on increasing life jacket usage,” said Chris Edmonston, director of the Foundation’s Boating Safety Programs.

The program has nearly $40,000 in grant funding available and the deadline to apply is Nov. 1, according to BoatU.S.

Over the past 15 years, the foundation has awarded over $615,000 in safety grant funds to organizations that develop innovative projects that promote safe boating on local waterways.

Topics have ranged from creating literature on the effects of boating under the influence to boat ramp signage informing users about free vessel safety checks.

Boat and yacht clubs, flotillas and squadrons that would like to apply for a grant may download an application and learn more about Boating Safety Grants by visiting or calling 410-897-0943.

The grants will be awarded in late January 2005.

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