The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation awards grants to programs that can demonstrate more adults will be provided the opportunity to benefit from swimming as a direct result of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant support. Special priority consideration is given to Adult Learn to Swim programs. The maximum grant award for such a program is up to $5,000.
In 2012, USMS awarded five grants totaling $22,000. USMS knew there were many programs providing this good work or interested in doing so, if only they had the funding. USMS wants the swimming community to know that the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is available to them, however, the deadline is June 1.
The grant application can be found at www.usms.org/giving.
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USMS is a national membership-operated nonprofit organization that provides membership benefits to nearly 60,000 Masters swimmers across the country. These benefits include insurance, SWIMMER magazine, sanctioned events, and many others. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide direct support to more than 1,500 smaller clubs and workout groups. Structure and organization of USMS programs vary and are driven by factors such as pool availability, instructor or coach availability, community support, and finances. The majority of locations offering USMS programs have coaches on deck. Coaches write workouts and provide feedback and instruction.