BoatUS seeks grant applications

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After funding more than $1 million in local boating safety and clean water projects for the last 21 years, the BoatUS Foundation's Grassroots Grants program is more than doubling its maximum grant size to $10,000 for 2013.

The foundation is looking to fund projects that use innovative approaches to educate boaters about safe and clean boating topics, BoatUS announced.

"We hope that with the larger grant size of $10,000 organizations will have the means to reach more boaters through new and creative ways," BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating said in a statement. "Over the past two decades many groups have come to us for funding traditional outreach tools, such as signs and brochures. Today, there are so many exciting interactive and innovative ways to educate, including social media, the Web and hands-on activities."

Groups interested in applying for one or more Grassroots Grants can go to to view the grant guidelines and begin their application. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Dec.17.

In the spring of 2013 the strongest grant applications will be posted online for the public to vote. The groups with the most votes will receive funding and will have one year to complete the grant project.

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