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Last call for BoatU.S. boating grants

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a program for local non-profit boating organization to help keep their waterways safe and clean.

The foundation's Grassroots Grant program offers individual grants of up to $4,000 for boating safety and clean water projects. To have a chance at funding, organizations need to apply by the April 1 deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to upload photos and videos showcasing their proposed project ideas or anything else that will convey their vision. Once the grant applications are received in early April, the foundation will post the most creative applications online where the public will vote to decide which projects receive funding later this spring.

Some of the past projects include flying a blimp with safety messages above popular boating spots, producing radio public service announcements and installing signs at boat ramps highlighting the threat of invasive species. In the last 23 years, the foundation has awarded more than $1 million to organizations that have developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on their local waterways.

Groups interested in applying for one or more grants can go to to view photos of previous grant projects, review official guidelines and learn more about the program.