According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,443 people died as a result of unintentional drowning in 2007, about 10 drowning deaths each day. Males, children and minorities are most at risk.
Foundations provide grants for swimming lessons to reduce the incidence of drownings and to enrich the lives of children and adults. Grants may support programs that focus on underserved communities, water safety or wellness and lifestyle initiatives. Foundations often provide grants to swim clubs or facilities to support the inclusion of underserved populations.
Make a Splash Local Partner Program
The USA Swimming Foundation encourages organizations that serve youths to join the national Make a Splash Local Partner Program. Make a Splash promotes water safety by providing swimming lessons to youths. Local partners receive technical assistance, materials for public education and program promotion. Local partners are eligible to apply for USA Swimming Foundation grants and scholarships. The foundation awarded $100,000 in grants in 2010.
Make a Splash Local Partner Program USA Swimming Foundation 1 Olympic Plaza Colorado Springs, CO 80909 719-866-3520 swimfoundation.org
Edwin Phillips Foundation Family Grants
The Asperger’s Association of New England administers the Edwin Phillips Foundation family grants. Grants are awarded to families of children with Asperger’s syndrome or related autism spectrum conditions who live in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Grants may be used for adaptive swimming lessons. Grant awards range from $50 to $1,000.
The association provides an application on its website and requires submission of tax returns. Applications are accepted year-round and processed within 14 days of receipt. Applicants are encouraged to contact the AANE executive director with questions.
AANE 85 Main St., Suite 101 Watertown, MA 02472 617-393-3824 aane.org
LA84 Foundation Grants
The LA84 Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Southern California. Grants support the expansion of sports programs, especially for underserved populations, by Southern California organizations that operate open-membership programs for youths ages 6 to 17. The organizations must provide structured programs that combine education, training and competition.
The foundation requires the submission of a letter of inquiry before an application is sent. The foundation’s board meets three times annually and accepts applications year-round. Organizations are encouraged to apply online.
LA84 Foundation 2141 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018 323-730-4600 la84foundation.org
Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.