The Northwest Marine Trade Association unveiled a grant program for non-profits promoting 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 NMTA has spent more than $1 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through events, sponsorships and programs.
The NMTA will award multiple grants totaling $15,000 by April 15.
“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.”
Grants will be issued in three categories — youth boating participation, introducing new people to boating and boater education and safety. Applications must be received by Jan. 29.