USCG Grants Awarded to Sea Tow Foundation

USCG Grants Awarded to Sea Tow Foundation

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit committed to the education and promotion of safe boating practices – has announced it has been awarded a series of grants totaling $315,000 from the United States Coast Guard for 2018.

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The grants – administered through the Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund – will support the Sea Tow Foundation’s premier Life Jacket Loaner and Designated Sober Skipper programs through the end of 2019.

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“We’re thrilled to continue to receive such resounding support from the Coast Guard,” said Gail R. Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation. “These grants will allow us to continue our work to spread awareness of safe boating practices and, hopefully, help save lives for years to come.”

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The Life Jacket Loaner Program – which will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year – will receive $195,000, allowing the Foundation to purchase 7,000 new life jackets and construct or support more than 50 new Life Jacket Loaner Stations throughout the country.

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“The Sea Tow Foundation has provided more than 46,000 life jackets to boaters in the last ten years and we are excited that this grant project will increase that number to well over 53,000,” Kulp said.

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The second grant – totaling $120,000 – will support the Foundation’s Designated Sober Skipper Program, which enters its fifth year in 2018. The award will allow the Foundation to continue to grow its network of partners within the Recreational Boating Safety community as it works with boat dealers, marinas, yacht clubs, municipalities, state agencies and other nonprofit organizations to urge boaters to always Designate a Sober Skipper before leaving the docks.

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“Boating Under the Influence accidents are 100 percent preventable,” Kulp said. “Encouraging boaters to get on board with the Designated Sober Skipper campaign will help save countless lives.”

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The combined $315,000 awarded to the Sea Tow Foundation in 2018 signals a 26 percent increase over what was received in 2017. The work on the grants will begin this summer and run through the end of 2019.

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For more information on the Sea Tow Foundation and its programs, visit www.boatingsafety.com.

Written by  Gail Kulp

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