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Boating Safety Education Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
Schools for Education to Improve Boater Safety

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft

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11/01/19 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, conservancy districts, schools, and IHEs for boating safety outreach and education activities. Applicants are required to attend an information workshop before applying. The purpose of this program is to reduce boating mishaps, accidents, and fatalities through boater education.

Boating safety education grants are available to qualified applicants to establish, develop, expand and maintain boating safety programs. 

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
  • Skill Development for Non-Traditional Boating Groups:
  • Boating for People with Disabilities
  • Paddling Rescue Programs

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Wearing life jackets properly is mandatory for all on-the-water programs and activities that are funded by this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140387

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Program period is two years. All grant expenditures and cost share contributions must occur during the program period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following agencies and organizations are eligible for the Boating Safety Education Grant:
- Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
- U.S. Power Squadrons
- Political Subdivisions, including state, county, city, township, and other local, regional and statewide forms of government
- Conservancy districts
- State departments
- State-supported school systems, including colleges, universities, and local boards of education
- Non-profit organizations- 501c3 (proof of 501(c) 3 non-profit I.R.S. tax filing status must be in effect prior to the application deadline and attached to the application).

Applicants must have a DUNS number and a current SAM.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational workshop is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2019, between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM for those who are applying.

It will be held at:
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. E-1
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Please RSVP to Craig Wilson.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is November 1.

Recipients usually are notified in January/February.

A mandatory workshop for recipients is held in winter.

Grants require a cost-share or in-kind contribution of 25%.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail completed application with required attachments to:
2020 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
(614) 265-6674

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