USA Swimming Foundation Make A Splash Grant Applications Open

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January 26th, 2017 News

The 2017 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash grant application window is now open and applications will be accepted until Wednesday, February 15, 4pm PST.

The USA Swimming Foundation will provide approximately $340,000 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 2017 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 goal is to teach one million children to swim annually, beginning in 2017, and these grants will help us reach that goal through our Make a Splash network,” says Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent and through the teamwork of the USA Swimming Foundation and our Make a Splash Local Partners we’re saving the lives of today’s children and making a difference for the youth of future generations.”

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded over $4 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country and more than 4 million children have received swim lessons through the Make a Splash Local Partner network.

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,

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 4 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 800 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more,

News courtesy of USA Swimming Foundation.

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Frank Cutrone


Will there be an open application season for 2018? When will it be posted?

Wyndi Hall

How do you become a Make a Splash Partner? I work at a public school and our Elementary students start learning water safety and how to swim starting in 1st grade through 6th.

Hey Wyndi – you can find more info on who to contact to work with Make a Splash here:

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