BoatU.S. accepts grant applications

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Boat Owners Association of the United States’ Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water will give up to $4,000 grants each to local community organizations and non-profit groups for its Boating Safety Grant program, designed to help make waterways safer for recreational boaters, BoatU.S said in a press release Wednesday. Nearly $50,000 in grant funding is available. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2006 and grants will be awarded in late January 2007.

“If you ever had a good idea that you believed would make recreational boating safer, this is your chance to act,” said Chris Edmonston, director of the foundation’s boating safety programs. “We believe that the creativity that goes along with a grass roots approach to increase safe boating may yield some very out-of-the-box ideas.”

Over the last 17 years, the foundation has awarded nearly $700,000 in safety grant funds to organizations that develop innovative projects that promote safe boating on local waterways. Past projects have ranged from creating literature on the effects of boating under the influence of alcohol to boat ramp signage informing users about free vessel safety checks.

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