The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has made it easier for nonprofit organizations, including community-based groups, boat clubs, angling and environmental organizations, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, or United States Power Squadrons, to apply for a Grassroots Grant.
Started over 25 years ago, the BoatUS member-funded grant program provides groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. The Foundation announced a completely new “365-day rolling” grant application process that allows applicants to apply at any time throughout the year, speeding the review process and allowing more flexibility in funding projects.
Submitting a short letter of intent explaining their idea is all an applicant needs to do to start the process. If the idea is strong and meets Grassroots Grant program guidelines, BoatUS Foundation will ask for a full proposal. Gone is having to wait for the once-a-year “cycle” of funding, and groups will have better ability to apply for funds when they need them. Decision-making will also be greatly expedited.