ALEXANDRIA, VA (December 16, 2008) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the availability of boating and fishing education grants for 2009. RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which was created in 2008 to expand on the organization’s boating and fishing education outreach efforts, is offering a total of $800,000 to those organizations who apply by the January 30, 2009 deadline.
“We want to reach the largest possible audience with the highest quality aquatic education,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re looking for programs that provide hands-on opportunities for children and their families to learn not only about boating and fishing, but also conservation.”
Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. While all applications will be considered, RBFF will give special consideration to programs that offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities, encourage long-term involvement of participants, provide training for instructors, promote conservation and support existing RBFF partnerships. Since 2007, more than 180,000 kids have participated in RBFF’s aquatic education programs.
To download an application and learn more about RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, visit RBFF.org. Grant applications must be e-mailed or postmarked on or before January 30, 2009 and will be announced in March 2009.
A list of the 2008 grant recipients is also available on RBFF.org.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.