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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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Deadline Date:

11/01/18 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. 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. Grant amounts are based on the potential success of a program toward this goal.

The application must clearly state how the grant program meets one or more of these requirements:
- NASBLA-approved general boating education courses that meet Ohio’s mandatory boater education law, at times and locations convenient to boaters. Funding is only available for training, books, classroom rental and advertising. Minimum of four courses per year.
- Skill development for non-traditional boating groups: Individuals from urban areas, persons from Hispanic cultures/ backgrounds, prisoners of war, veterans or residents from the Appalachian counties of Ohio. Minimum of four courses per year.
- Boating safety education programs for people with disabilities. Minimum of four courses per year.
- Paddling rescue programs: 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.

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:

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $30,000. The limit for all advertising costs is $1,000 per grant.

Term of Contract:

The program period ending date is November 1. Program periods will run for two years.


  • Agency of the county or other local government

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Political subdivisions including state, county, city, township, and other local, regional and state-wide forms of government
- Conservancy districts
- State departments
- State-supported school systems including colleges, universities and local boards of education
- U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
- U.S. Power Squadrons
- Nonprofit organizations proof of current nonprofit status required at time of application: 501(c)3, etc

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational workshop is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2018, 9 am - 1 pm. Those who are applying RSVP to Craig Watson, information below.

Who should attend:
- Program directors, planners and/or instructors who are planning the boating education program and who will be responsible for fulfilling the grant requirements.
- Agency administrators who are submitting the application and who oversee the program.
- The most successful grants send a program planner.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. E-1
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2018.

Recipients usually are notified in December/January. A mandatory workshop for recipients is held in winter.

Grants carry a minimum cost share level of 25% of the total program. For example, a $1,000 program would comprise $750 in grant monies and $250 in cost share matches from the grantee.
Allowable cost share matches include:
(a) cash funds dedicated to the program by the eligible organizations;
(b) donations from outside sources;
(c) documented in-kind (personnel and volunteer) services;
(d) donated equipment.
A complete list is found in the grant packet.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be mailed to:

2019 Boating Safety Education Grant
Attn: Craig Watson
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Building C-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

Craig Watson
(614) 265-6674

Stacie Xenakis, Grant Administrator

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USA: Ohio