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Pennsylvania handing out boating education grants

As part of its efforts to re-engage youth, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering grants to boating, sportfishing and aquatic education organizations and agencies that provide programs for young people.

Grantees may receive up to $5,000 as part of the PFBC’s Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Education Grants. The funding can be applied to the purchase of equipment, materials and costs associated with field trips.

“Re-engaging youth in outdoor activities is critical to the future of boating and sportfishing and to building a more environmentally connected society,” PFBC executive director Doug Austen said in a statement. “Research clearly shows that well-structured youth fishing and boating programs lead to kids increasing their interest in fishing and boating, improving their skills, and building a greater sense of aquatic stewardship and outdoor ethics.”

The deadline for submitting grant applications is Jan. 31. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, and funding will be awarded four to eight weeks after all agreements are finalized.

Applications, program rules and eligibility information are available at the commission Web site or by calling (717) 705-7835.

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