Byline: Log News Service
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Community groups, nonprofits and grassroots organizations wanting to help keep local boaters safe and waterways clean have until Jan. 4 to apply for boating safety and clean water grants for up to $4,000 each from the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program. A total of $50,000 is available.
“The foundation is looking for new and innovative project ideas to educate boaters on safe and clean boating,” said program manager Alanna Keating.
“Applicants are encouraged to upload photos and videos showcasing their proposed project ideas,” she said. “The strongest grant applications will be posted online for the public to vote on, and choose which projects receive funding in the spring of 2012.”
In the last 20 years, the foundation’s grant program has awarded more than $1 million to local organizations. Past projects receiving grants have included blimps carrying safety messages, radio public service announcements, custom-made fuel spill containment kits and signs at boat ramps highlighting the threat of invasive species.
To apply for one or more grants or to look at previous grant projects and review current guidelines, go to boatus.com/foundation/grants.
The foundation is largely funded by the half-million members of Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.).