The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the availability of boating and fishing education grants for 2012. Youth-focused organizations are encouraged to apply for RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which expands on the organization’s boating and fishing education outreach efforts. The application deadline is December 30, 2011.

“We’re looking for high-quality education programs that will not only introduce children and their families to boating, fishing and conservation, but also foster continued participation,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Our goal is to create future lifetime boaters and anglers who will respect and care for our aquatic natural resources. 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 680,000 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 30, 2011. Applicants will be notified in April 2012.

A list of the 2011 grant recipients is also available on RBFF.org.

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