The Northwest Marine Trade Association awarded $17,300 to eight boating programs in the Northwest as part of its Grow Boating grant program.
The program exists to assist nonprofit groups or organizations that help serve the NMTA's core purpose — increasing the number of boaters in the Northwest and encouraging boaters to boat more often.
“We’re fortunate to have an abundance of great organizations in the Northwest that exist to get people out on the water and introduced to boating of all kinds,” Brian Kaloper, harbormaster of Elliott Bay Marina and NMTA Grow Boating committee chairman, said in a statement. “And thanks to the NMTA’s industry-leading Grow Boating program, we are able to help many of them. In fact, we received so many applications from worthy organizations that we increased the amount of available grant money for 2015 from $9,000 to $17,300.”
The 2015 grantees are:
- Center for Wooden Boats (Seattle) to help expand its Public Sail program, which provides free boat rides on Lake Union.
- Community Boating Center (Bellingham, Wash.) to purchase supplies for leadership training and navigation education at its summer youth camps.
- Lake Washington Rowing Club (Seattle) to help fund scholarships for its youth program and retrofit equipment.
- Olympia Yacht Club Foundation (Olympia, Wash.) for the purchase of PFDs and spray tops and pants for its 11-week summer Learn to Sail program for youth.
- Puget Sound Anglers of Lake Washington to support adding a youth division to its annual Trout Derby in June.
- Sea Scouts Ship 926 (Post Falls, Idaho) to support recruitment and program expenses for its newly chartered program.
- Tacoma Youth Marine Center (Tacoma, Wash.) to help fund the 2015 Sails & Trails Summer Camp, which introduces youths ages 11-15 to boating and boating skills.
- Whatcom Community Sailing (Bellingham, Wash.) to help establish Community Free Sailing Days in Bellingham and provide scholarships for children to learn to sail or participate in racing programs.