Northwest trade group offers boating grants

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The Northwest Marine Trade Association announced a grant program for non-profits that promote boating in the region.

The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program, where the mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often.

Since 2003 the Seattle-based NMTA has spent more than $1 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through events, sponsorships and programs. The trade group will award as much as $9,000 to one or more organizations on May 1. Organizations must apply by March 1.

“We are very excited to make these grants available to help promote boating in the region,” NMTA vice president of communications and marketing John Thorburn said in a statement. “Our own efforts and programs have introduced boating to well over a million people since 2003. These grants should help us build new partnerships in the community to spread the benefits and joys of boating to even more.”

Applications must fall into one of the following categories:

Youth Boating Grant: awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at getting or increasing youth participation in boating activities.

Discover Boating Grant: awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at introducing new people to boating.

Boater Education/Safety Grant: awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at educating new or current boaters about how to be safe on the water.

Click here to apply for an NMTA Grow Boating grant.

Click here to download a grant application.

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