The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the availability of boating and fishing education grants for 2011. RBFF's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which expands on the organization's boating and fishing education outreach efforts, is encouraging youth-focused organizations to apply by December 27, 2010.
"We want to introduce as many children and their families to boating and fishing as possible," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "We focus on quality aquatic education programs delivered at places such as schools, parks and clubs where children and their families already learn, play and grow. We urge both new and existing programs to apply."
Key requirements of RBFF's education grant guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Special consideration will be given to programs that offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities, encourage long-term involvement of participants, foster multi-generational participation, promote conservation education, support existing RBFF partnerships and are inclusive in their programming. Since 2007, RBFF education grants have reached more than 460,000 children.
To download the Grant Guidelines and Application and learn more about RBFF's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, visit RBFF.org. Grant applications must be submitted on or before December 27, 2010. Applicants will be notified in April 2011.
A list of the 2010 grant recipients is also available on 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™.