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In-Kind Grants to USA Organizations, Agencies, Groups, and Businesses to Promote Water Safety

Life Jacket Loaner Program Grant

GrantWatch ID# 200444
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Sea Tow Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/01/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
In-kind grants to USA organizations, agencies, groups, and businesses to promote water safety. The purpose of this program is to make life jackets available for boating and other water activities, at no cost. In addition to life jackets, grantees will receive signage, a press kit, and a program manual. Applicants may apply for a loaner stand building kit and life jackets, or just for life jackets without the stand.

The Sea Tow Foundation’s mission is to provide access to education, tools and resources in order to eliminate preventable recreational boating accidents and deaths.

Your group can apply for a loaner stand building kit and life jackets, or just for life jackets without the stand. Please note that the purpose of this grant program is to provide life jackets to the boating public free of charge that can be borrowed and returned for the day to keep them safe on the water. Priority must be given to locations with boating as the primary use, but life jackets can also be borrowed at those locations for other water activities such as fishing, swimming, hunting, wading, etc. If your group requires payment or a membership to access your facility, there must be a plan in place that the life jackets could still be accessed by non-paying or non-members that could benefit from the use of the life jackets.

A limited number of life jacket loaner stand building kits will be available and only one can be requested by each group. There is no additional cost for these, but due to the limited supply, you will also be asked if your group can build your own stand. Building plans can be provided upon request. Signage will be available to all new stand locations.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations, businesses, groups, and agencies may apply to host and/or maintain a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station.

Pre-Application Information
The 2023 Life Jacket Grant Application is open from November 1, 2022 until February 1, 2023. The application form is below, but please read all of the directions first. Applications are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on February 1, 2023.

Only one application can be accepted from each organization, business, or group during the grant period from November 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023.

If your group filled out the online waiting list application before November 1st, you will need to fill out this new application to be considered for any grant award. All applicants will be notified by April 30, 2023 as to whether they have been selected to receive a life jacket loaner stand and/or life jackets.

For more details about the grant, please visit our Life Jacket Loaner Program page:

Estimated Size of Grant
If selected for the grant, the life jackets are available in the following sizes:
– Infant: For children up to 30 lbs. and includes a head pillow and crotch strap.
– Child: For children 30-50 lbs. and includes a crotch strap.
– Youth: For children 50-90 lbs.
– Adult: For people over 90 lbs.
– Adult XL: For people over 90 lbs. with straps that can be made wider than the regular Adult size.
All life jackets are shipped in boxes of six (6) of the same size, so the amount you will receive will be divisible by 6.

If selected, you will also receive:
– Press kit to promote your life jacket loaner station
– Program Manual detailing how to run a successful life jacket loaner program
– Aluminum sign (only for groups selected to receive a loaner stand building kit)

Contact Information
If you have questions, please contact Kim Perry – Sea Tow Foundation Project Administrator
Phone: 888-276-7691

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