2016 USA Swimming Foundation Grant Applications Available

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash grant application process is now open and applications will be accepted until Friday, February 12, 3 pm ET/Noon PT.

The USA Swimming Foundation will provide approximately $330,000 in grants to help Make a Splash Local Partner programs provide services to children in their communities. Individual grant awards will range from $1,000 to $15,000.

To be considered, applicants must be a Make a Splash Local Partner in good standing and provide a project budget and description. The 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Grant Guidelines can be found here and the application can be found here. Funding will be provided to programs directly benefiting children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim.

“Our ultimate goal is to have 900,000 participants in swim lessons programs for 2016 and see that number increase to one million participants in 2017,” said Tina Dessart, Make a Splash Program Manager. “We provide funding to our partners so they have the tools to provide services to their communities.”

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded over $3.7 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country and nearly 4 million children have received swim lessons through Make a Splash partners.
About the USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming.  Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.

About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 3.8 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 725 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visitwww.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.

Swimming news courtesy of USA Swimming.

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