ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 30, 2010) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced it has awarded three new education grants to youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations that reach kids and families across the country. Selected from a pool of dozens of qualified applicants, the grants were awarded as part of RBFF’s growing boating and fishing education outreach efforts.
“We are extremely pleased with the national scope and reach of our new education grantees,” said RBFF Education Task Force Chairman Charles Holmes. “The Education Task Force is thrilled about growing RBFF’s education grants program and getting kids and their families out on the water to experience all the wonderful hands-on opportunities that the new grant recipients are offering.”
The FY 2011 National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative grant recipients include:
RBFF made a major strategic shift this year to focus more on youth,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Our goal is to reach 350,000 kids and families over the next year with the ultimate goal of reaching one million over the next three years. We plan to achieve this not only through our education grants program, but also through a new partnership with Discovery Education, our Scouting Patch Program and participation in the Outdoor Nation youth movement.”
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 400,000 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 whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. 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™.