Pacific Northwest trade group offers grants

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The Northwest Marine Trade Association announced a grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region.

The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program, whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often. The trade group has spent more than $1 million since 2003 to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through events, sponsorships and programs.

The NMTA will award as much as $9,000 to one or more organizations by April 3.

“We are very excited to make these grants available to help promote boating in the region,” NMTA president George Harris 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 for an event or program that aims to get or increase youth participation in boating.

• Discover Boating Grant: awarded to a group or organization seeking funding for an event or program that aims to introduce new people to boating.

• Boater Education/Safety Grant: awarded to a group or organization seeking funding for an event or program that aims to educate new or current boaters about how to be safe on the water.

Completed applications must be received by Feb. 6.

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