The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water has awarded over $40,000 in grants to nonprofit groups to spread the message about safe boating practices. These groups will also be eligible for a new honor, the Boating Safety Outreach Award, awarded to the group that completes the most innovative, resourceful and effective grant project.
To be eligible for the Boating Safety Outreach Award (an additional $500) groups will provide a final report at the completion of their project, which will be evaluated for effectiveness, professionalism and innovation.
Twenty-two groups from Alaska to Georgia were selected to receive grants. With this year’s grant focus on increasing the voluntary use of life jackets among all boaters, eight of the 22 groups included this theme in their grant programs. Other grant projects include producing an “emergency procedures” sticker for boaters in four languages, a museum boating-safety exhibit, and a 16-page, full-color boating safety booklet. www.boatus.com/foundation