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BoatU.S. adds to its safety grant total

Celebrating 20 years and an $800,000 milestone, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water set aside another $50,000 to help neighborhood groups develop innovative projects that promote safe boating on local waterways.

Grants of up to $4,000 are available to local community organizations and non-profit groups for boating safety projects. Applications are due Nov. 1.

"Now is your time to take advantage of funding that can make a difference in boaters' lives," said Alanna Keating, grant coordinator for the BoatU.S. Foundation, in a statement.

This year’s grant program topic is alcohol and boating. Keating says U.S. Coast Guard accident statistics point to alcohol use as the leading contributor in 21 percent of fatal boating accidents. While it is not a requirement, "grant proposals that focus on how to reduce alcohol-related fatalities will be given additional consideration," said Keating.

Past projects have included flying "blimps" with boating safety messages, poster design contests and public service announcements aired on movie theater screens, radio and television, highlighting the importance of life jackets.

Grants will be awarded in late January.

Interested nonprofit groups can download an application and get information at www.BoatUS.com/foundation or call (703) 461-2878, ext. 8354.

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