Almost all boating grants deal with concerns over boating safety and for obvious reasons. With over 80 million Americans involved in recreational boating, a recent U.S. Coast Guard survey suggested that yearly accident totals were as high as 5,000 each year resulting in around 700 deaths and well over 3,000 injuries. So most of the grant support being offered for boating attempt to address this issue. These private and government sources for boating grants focus their support toward providing a safe, clean and responsible boating experience for Americans enjoying our waterways.
Boat Owners Association of the United States
BoatUS is the leading association of boat owners in the United States and was founded in 1966. Its membership contains well over half a million Americans involved in boating who receive discounts on boating purchases and access to towing and insurance coverage through the association’s services. Since 1989, the BoatUS Foundation has offered the Grassroots Grants Program awarding over $1.3 million in funding since its inception. Grants up to $10,000 each are awarded to community organizations and local boating groups to fund projects that increase boating safety. The annual deadline for applications is January 15 with the best proposed projects put up for a public voting process to determine who receives grants each Spring. If you have any questions about how your organization can get involved with the foundation’s grant program, email email@example.com or call toll-free 1-800-245-2628, ext. 8354.
National Safe Boating Council
As its name implies, safe boating is the primary focus of this non-profit organization and has been since 1958. The group offers a yearly $2,500 award to an organization providing a youth boating safety program and inducts professionals from the boating community into its Boating Safety Hall of Fame. In partnership with the Outboard Marine Corporation, it has offered the Take ‘Em Boating Grant since 2006. This offers an additional $2,500 grant for youth boating programs that serve kids ages 6-18. This funding can be used to purchase needed equipment and to pay for other expenses necessary for carrying out a youth targeted boating program. Applications are accepted between October 1 and December 31 each year. If you have any questions about how to apply for this grant, call 703-361-4294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Coast Guard
Not only is the Coast Guard concerned with the amount of injuries and deaths that occur each year on American waterways, but it has its very own division dedicated to making a difference. The Boating Safety Division offers two grant programs, one that provides funding to states and another that supports non-profit organizations. Funding from both programs is available to support boating safety programs that show potential to impact the number of accidents, injuries and deaths through boater education. The RBS program is available to all states and U.S. territories. Application for the non-profit grants are handled through grants.gov.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Yet another federal agency offering boating grants, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services provides its funding only to states and U.S. territories. The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program will award up to $100,000 to each state to help provide marina or tie-up facilities for large boats used in sport fishing. Funding is raised through taxes levied on fishing equipment, boat fuel and import fees through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund maintained by the department. Funding can be used for new infrastructure projects and to maintain or improve current facilities.