Northwest Marine Trade Association Announces Grow Boating Grants
Funds available for non-profits promoting boating in the Northwest; deadline to apply October 31, 2021
SEATTLE – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is pleased to announce the 2021 grant program for non-profits or for-profit entities applying for a specific grow boating purpose. 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 nearly $2 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest through various events, sponsorships, grants, and programs. The NMTA will award 10 grants of $1,000 each by December 31, 2021.
The application process is now open and closes October 31, 2021. Grants will be announced in December 2021 and funds distributed to grantees in the spring of 2022. More information about the grant program, types of programs funded, and the application can be found at http://www.nmta.net/grants
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. Although there was no in-person Seattle Boat Show in 2020, through the Grow Boating committee’s careful stewardship of funds, the program has reserves. The committee felt it was important to continue its grant work and voted to spend from its reserves to fund the 2021 grants.
“We know that many groups and programs were hard hit by COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, so we’re very pleased to be able to offer these grants to help our valuable community-based organizations continue their amazing programs,” said Karsten McIntosh, NMTA’s Director of Grow Communications.
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 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 and the Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show. Additional information is available at www.nmta.net.