ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 13, 2009) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced it has awarded five new education grants to youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations across the country. Selected from a pool of 70 applicants, the grants were awarded to build on RBFF’s boating and fishing education outreach efforts.
“We were impressed with the high caliber of applicants we received this year,” said RBFF Education Task Force Chairman Charles Holmes. “The Education Task Force is excited about getting kids and their families out boating and fishing with these wonderful organizations.”
“We believe that the best way to get kids and their families hooked on boating and fishing is to get them out on the water doing just that,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re thrilled about all the great hands-on activities that our 2009 grant recipients are offering and look forward to working with them to put more than 140,000 kids through our education programs this year.”
The 2009 National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative grant recipients include:
A key requirement of RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which awards education grants annually, includes introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Special consideration is given 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 250,000 kids have participated in RBFF’s aquatic education programs.
For more information about RBFF’s education grant opportunities, visit 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™.