SEATTLE – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce the 2020 grant program for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the Pacific Northwest. 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 $1.6 M to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships and programs. The NMTA will award multiple grants up to $30,000 by December 2019.
The application process opens Aug. 1, 2019 and closes Oct. 1, 2019. Grants will be announced in December 2019 and funds distributed to grantees in the spring of 2020. More information about the grant program, types of programs funded, and the application can be found at http://www.nmta.net/grow-boating/
“Our efforts and programs have reached more than a million-plus people since 2003, and we’re excited to grow boating in the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark Yuasa, NMTA’s Director of Grow Boating. “We’re very pleased to be able to continue supporting non-profit groups who share our mission of getting more people out on the water or introduced to the joys of boating.”
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.
About NMTA’s Grow Boating Program
The NMTA established a separate program called Grow Boating in 2003 to promote the benefits and lifestyle of boating in the region. The program’s mission is to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often through the development of new programs, events and promotions. NMTA’s Grow Boating program is funded by a portion of space rental fees collected by the association at its Seattle Boat Show each January.
About the Northwest Marine Trade Association
The NMTA is the nation’s largest regional marine association. It represents more than 700 companies in the recreational boating industry, including boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services. The NMTA’s mission is to promote the growth of recreational boating and members’ businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show, the Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show and the Northwest Paddling Festival. Additional information is available at www.nmta.net).