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USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Grants

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Nonprofits, Municipalities,
For-Profits, and Universities to Promote Adult Swimming Lessons

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) - Swimming Saves Lives Foundation (SSLF)

Deadline Date:

02/28/21 Online Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind support to USA nonprofits, universities, municipalities, and for-profits for programs that provide adult swimming lessons. The purpose of the program is to serve as an educational and financial resource for adult learn-to-swim programs and to thereby increase the likelihood of children being taught to swim as well.

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim initiative works to reduce adult drowning risk through education, financial support, and community outreach. The Foundation's hope is that once adults learn to swim or improve their swimming skills, they will have the confidence and desire to continue swimming in a Masters Swimming program and experience the lifelong benefits of swimming.

If a parent doesn’t know how to swim, there’s only a 19 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim, according to a 2009 study by Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and more than one-third of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The combined efforts of U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Swimming under the USA Swimming Foundation aim to change those statistics.

If awarded a grant, USMS will promote the program on its website and provide swim caps, banners, and other support materials. Each grant award includes one fee waiver for the USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification class.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172184

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum grant award an applicant may receive is $5,000.
- Each grant award also includes one (1) fee waiver for the USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification class.
- If awarded a grant, USMS will promote your program on the USMS website and provide swim caps, banners, and other support materials.

Term of Contract:

Funds awarded will be for use in 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

USMS accepts applications from all swim instructors, facilities, and programs that want to help make more adults safer around water.

Applicants will be asked to select if they are one of the following:
- Nonprofit with a tax ID from the IRS,
- Municipality,
- University-owned, or
- For-profit.

Please note the following:
- The grant entity will be required to register as a USMS club or workout group. Grant awards may not be used for USMS club registration fees.
- See the following link for more information:

- At least one individual associated with the grant entity will be required to register as a member of USMS. Grant awards may not be used for USMS individual membership.
- See the following link for more information:

- If the grant entity intends to be covered by USMS liability insurance, participants in the learn-to-swim program must be USMS members or sign the 30-day guest USMS membership. If the adult learner continues lessons after the 30-day guest membership period, he or she must register with USMS in order for the insurance to remain in effect.

- Each instructor may directly supervise no more than three students and, for the insurance to be in effect, the instructor must be a USMS member.

- SSLF will not consider grant requests that are directed at individuals or groups that are not eligible for membership in USMS (for example, all program participants must be 18 years old or older in order for a program to be eligible for a grant).

Pre-Application Information:

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim grants application window for 2021 will be open from January 20 to February 28, 2021.

Applications will only be accepted through the online application program.

A W9 must be on record at USMS for applications to be considered (see link in Supporting Documents, below). Email the W9 to email address in Contact Information, below. This must be received before your application will be reviewed.

Grant winners will be notified in March. USMS will reach out to those selected to receive a grant.

All applicants are encouraged to be familiar with the application scoring system and submit an application that best reflects the program's earned points.

If you are an association with more than one location, please apply as the association.

Grant recipients may apply for a grant renewal.

How to apply for a grant:

USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim:

January 28, 2021 webinar recording about the grant application, process, and programming:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Questions and to email W9:

U.S. Masters Swimming
1751 Mound St., Ste. 201
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-256-USMS (8767)
or 800-550-SWIM (7946) toll-free
Fax: (941)556-7946

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