Interlux offers cleanup grants

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Interlux Yacht Finishes is challenging boaters to take steps to help improve their local waterfront – and giving them a $60,000 incentive to do it, the company said in a statement this morning.

The Waterfront Challenge will award eight grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to support grassroots efforts by boaters to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities.

“Interlux is asking boaters who say they care about the environment to prove it,” said Douglas Bernon, Waterfront Challenge director. “Clean up a beach or river bank. Re-build a handicap-accessible dock. We’ll consider all small-scale projects that could result in effective waterfront improvements.”

Small groups – including organized clubs, a group of friends, a family – can apply now for grants to be awarded at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2009. The deadline for applications is November 5. A six-judge panel will award seven regional grants of $5,000 each and one grant of $25,000 for the best overall waterfront project.

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