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December 10, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Northwest Marine Trade Association offering a boating grant program

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) in Seattle is offering a grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region.

The grants are being awarded through the NMTA’s Grow Boating program whose mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often.

Since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1-million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs. The NMTA will award up to $9,000 to one or more organizations by April 1.

“We are very excited to make these grants available to help promote boating in the region,” said John Thorburn, NMTA’s vice president of communications and marketing. “Our own efforts and programs have introduced boating to well over a million people since 2003. These grants should help us build new partnerships in the community to spread the benefits and joys of boating to even more.”

Applications must fall into one the following categories:

Youth Boating Grant: Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at getting or increasing youth participation in boating activities.

Discover Boating Grant: Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at introducing new people to boating.

Boater Education / Safety Grant: Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at educating new or current boaters on how to be safe on the water.

Completed applications must be received by Feb. 24.

To apply for a NMTA Grow Boating grant, visit the NMTA website or http://bit.ly/NMTAgrant and download a grant application. For questions, contact John Thorburn at 206-634-0911.

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