Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft
12/01/20 Postmarked or Emailed
Grants of up to $30,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, conservancy districts, school systems, IHEs, and coast guard associations for boating safety outreach and education activities. The purpose of this program is to reduce boating mishaps, accidents, and fatalities through boater education.
The purpose of the Boating Safety Education Grant program is to support the establishment, development, expansion, promotion, and maintenance of safe boating programs benefiting the general public and to address boater expectations for courses meeting Ohio’s mandatory boating education law. The goals of this effort are to reduce boating accidents, mishaps and fatalities through awareness of boating hazards and risk management practices and to heighten the level of boating education and boating law compliance within Ohio.
The following are established requirements for grant applicants applying for funding to increase boating education efforts in local communities. The requirements are of high importance and are listed in random order with no intended priority ranking
• Mandatory Boating Education Classes: It is important to provide year-round availability of approved classroom courses that will assist boaters in meeting the education requirements of Ohio’s mandatory boating education law. This law requires boaters born on or after January 1, 1982, to complete a NASBLA-approved course before operating a boat more than ten horsepower. A boater that is not required to meet the education requirement is more likely to voluntarily complete a course if courses are offered at convenient times in or near their local community. A minimum of four courses per year is required from programs that intend to offer NASBLA-approved courses. Programs offering more than four courses per year will be evaluated more favorably. Note: funding will only be available for training, books, visual aids, classroom rental, and advertising.
• Skill Development for Non-Traditional Boating Groups: The department will award grant funds to organizations that can provide detailed plans on how their program will provide hands-on, skill development training of boat operation to the following user groups: individuals from urban areas, persons from Hispanic cultures/backgrounds, prisoners of war, veterans, or residents from the Appalachian counties of Ohio. A minimum of four courses per year is required.
• Boating for People with Disabilities: Boating safety education must be available to all boaters regardless of disability. ODNR seeks to reduce barriers to access of educational programs. A traditional classroom setting, typical student materials, and standard boating equipment are not suited to every learning need. Funding consideration will be given to programs designed for people with disabilities and special needs. A minimum of four courses per year is required.
• Paddling Rescue Programs: With the increasing popularity of paddle sports, the department is looking to provide organizations with funding to teach safety and rescue boating education programs for paddling on Ohio’s waterways. The program must teach paddlers, higher than a basic level, rescue techniques for river, and/or flat water paddling. Topics to be included are proper personal flotation device wear, what to do in emergencies (falls overboard, capsizing) identifying hazards, self -rescues, rescuing other boaters, and managing groups on the water.
For allowable costs, see https://ohiodnr.gov/static/documents/parks/grants/2021BSEGPacket.pdf#page=14.
GrantWatch ID#: 140387
Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Advertising awards will be capped at $1,000 per application for all programs.
Program period is two years. All grant expenditures and cost share contributions must occur during the program period. Should additional time be needed to complete the program a request to lengthen the program period can be considered only if the original program period has not expired.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mail, or email, completed application with required attachments to:
2021 Boating Safety Education Grant
Attn: Craig Watson
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Building C-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693
Craig Wilson, Education Grants Administrator
Contact your local ODNR field office for input on local program and boating needs. For contact information, see https://ohiodnr.gov/static/documents/parks/grants/2021BSEGPacket.pdf#page=5.
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