BoatUS grant deadline Jan. 15
ANNAPOLIS, Md. The BoatUS Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grants projects that utilize new, innovative approaches to encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Organizations with the best grant applications will be awarded individual grants of up to $10,000 to implement their plan. However, applications need to be submitted by Jan. 15 and public online voting on the applications will take place in spring.
The BoatUS Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program has funded more than $1.3 million in local boating safety and clean water projects during the past 25 years. Last year, the national nonprofit more than doubled its individual maximum grant size to $10,000.
Groups wishing to apply for one or more Grassroots Grants may go to BoatUS.org/Grants to view the guidelines and begin their application. Grant application may include videos, photos, graphics or anything to convey the group’s concept to help increase the chances of funding. The projects with the most votes will have one year to complete the grant project.
To assist grant applicants, the BoatUS Foundation has created a short video highlighting previous grantees and their advice for applicants at http://youtu.be/noUSjilYxP8, In addition, a second video with an overview of grants program is at BoatUS.org/Grants.
Volunteers sought to teach clinics
COLUMBIA Experienced freshwater anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors to teach Family Fishing Clinic programs.
The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the FFCs and a trained set of skilled volunteers.
Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the Certified DNR Fishing Instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.
The Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Training is set for Jan. 25 in West Columbia from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2013/oct17/oct17_family.html.
Boater safety course offered
LAKE WYLIE US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday.
Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.
For more information, call 704-576-0821.
Covekeepers meet monthly
LAKE WYLIE The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.
The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.
Marine group meets monthly
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The public is invited. For more information and meeting locations, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.
Discounted life jackets offered for youth groups
Nonprofit summer camps, schools, or local nonprofit organizations providing on the water programs for kids have a strong need for safety, and having right-sized life jackets for kids is key. Now, the BoatUS Foundation’s Kids Afloat Program is offering kid/teen-sized, vest-style life jackets for just $5 each. However, supplies are limited and groups need to apply online at BoatUS.org/Kids-Afloat by Feb. 28. The foundation will then choose those applications that best match program guidelines and post them to the foundation’s website and Facebook page for public voting in the spring. Those with the most votes will have the opportunity to purchase the deeply discounted life jackets.
The life jackets are Type-II and Type-III vests – the most comfortable non-inflating type available that normally retail for about $30 each. Applicants are allowed to request up to 50 life jackets in infant, child, youth and teen sizes.
“Over the years we’ve received many requests from groups desperately seeking life jackets,” said Alanna Keating, foundation outreach manager for BoatUS. “These programs give kids a chance to experience being on the water and at the same time educate them on the importance of life jacket wear. We also hope that by involving the public in selecting the sites that receive the jackets, it will help promote these programs in their own communities.”
The Kids Afloat program is for groups offering on the water programming, such as educational boat trips, fishing trips or canoe and kayak excursions that include safe and clean boating in their curriculum. However, groups that don’t currently include safe and clean boating education may also apply if they commit to add these topics to their program.
“Our ultimate goal is see these kinds of educational programs grow – and keep kids safe while they’re participating in them,” said Keating.
For more information, go to BoatUS.org/Kids-Afloat.
Lake info available on app
LAKE WYLIE Duke Energy has made its lake information “smartphone friendly.”
The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”
Duke Energy’s lake information Web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.
In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
Scuba club dives into events
FORT MILL The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dive team needs volunteers
YORK COUNTY The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.
The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.
Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.
For more information, call 803-372-7593.
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