As first announced here on Three Sheets Northwest back in December, the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is offering grants totaling up to $9000 to Northwest non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in our region.
The grant application window is closing early next month, however. Applications must be received by March 3 in order to receive consideration for this years awards. The grants will be awarded by May 1, just in time to get programs up and running for the busy boating season here.
The Grow Boating program has been running since 2003 to increase the number of boaters in the region and the amount of time they spend boating, the better to encourage them all to spend money with NMTA member businesses (including Three Sheets Northwest!). In that time, more than $1 million has gone into the program, funded by a portion of the space rental fees collected by the association at the Seattle Boat Show each January.
Grant applications must fall into one of three categories: youth boating programs, for increasing youth participation in boating activities; discover boating programs, designed to introducing non-mariners to boating; and boat education or safety, targeting existing boaters and educating them how to be safe on the water.
In the past, Grow Boating grants have funded such activities as offering free sailboat rides during popular regional sailing events, promoting a grassroots wake boarding competition, and sponsored social media contests that will result in giving away a pontoon boat at next January’s boat show.
Grant applications can be found on the NMTA’s website here.
If you have other questions about the program, you can contact NMTA’s John Thorburn at email@example.com or 206-634-0911.