Grant monies can be used for fishing and boating equipment, field trips, curriculum materials and other resources to assist instructors in carrying out fishing and boating education. Since its inception in 2003, the National Fishing and Boating Education Grants Initiative has supported 111 schools in 37 states with $515,000 in grants. The program was developed through a partnership between the FFF, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), and National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
"We've had wonderful success in exposing and engaging children all across the country to fishing and boating," said Michael Bolinder, executive director of the Future Fisherman Foundation. "The interest in this program by teachers has been phenomenal. We're fortunate that this partnership allows us to continually introduce fishing and boating in schools throughout the nation."
In addition to grants, sponsoring organizations bring access to a nationwide network of outdoor educators, conservation groups and youth organizations that offer a variety of versatile fishing and boating education programs that can be tailored for teachers' specific interests and needs.
"Using fishing and boating to meet PE lifetime skills mandates is a natural," said Bruce Matthews, president of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. "Fishing and boating are great American traditions that connect families and friends for a lifetime."
The partnership also provides training, access to discounted fishing gear and equipment, and ongoing guidance from experts. A training workshop for grant recipients provides instruction on angling and boating skills, safety, and ethics; basic equipment set-up and maintenance; fish and their habitat needs; taking part in community conservation efforts; developing partnerships for access to fishing and boating sites; and recruiting long-term mentors for children.
Applications must be received at the foundation office on or before Friday April 14, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. All applicants will be notified in mid-May on the status of their grant proposals. The training workshop for grant recipients will be held in mid-July to help prepare teachers for the upcoming school year. Partners can also link teachers with state outdoor education professionals and community groups with tried-and-true fishing and boating education programs to help in the application process and ensure program success. The foundation staff is also available to provide technical assistance to complete the grant application.
To obtain grant application forms or for more information on the National Physical Education Grants Initiative and other angler education programs and services, please visit www.futurefisherman.org or contact PE Grants Coordinator Jesse Graytock at email@example.com or 703-519-9691, Ext. 224.
For more information please visit www.futurefisherman.org and www.takemefishing.org.