National Nonprofit Organization Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Grant Program
46 U.S.C. 13104 authorizes federal financial assistance for "national boating safety activities of national nonprofit public service organizations." The USCG has developed the following eligibility criteria based on federal law and regulations, legal rulings and interpretations, and guidance from other federal agencies.
- Applicants must be a nongovernmental organization.
- Applicants must be designated as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).
- Applicants must demonstrate the ability to provide RBS services via one of the three definitions of national-in-scope. The USCG defines national-in-scope as:
- the ability to provide RBS services in all regions per Appendix A: Grant Regional Map
- is currently providing recreational boating services in all regions
- proposes a specific plan and timeline to partner and/or contract with other national, state, and/or local organizations across all regions to provide RBS services.
- Applicants must demonstrate that one of their primary functions is to provide services to the public.
The National Nonprofit Organization Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Grant Program is issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety, Boating Safety Division. The program's mission is to ensure the public has a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience by implementing programs designed to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage while cooperating with environmental and national security efforts.
The strategic plan of the National RBS Program has three initiatives designed to prevent deaths and injuries of recreational boaters. The initiatives include positively influencing recreational boater behavior, positively influencing recreational boat and accessory manufacturers, and leveraging recreational boating data. The program-wide performance measures to be tracked annually include media impressions generated by boating safety outreach grants, nationwide life jacket wear rate, number of attendees at grant-funded boating safety conferences, number of boating engineering standards improved through grant funding, number of life jackets utilized at grant-funded life jacket loaner stations, and number of students and instructors produced from grant-funded boating law enforcement courses.
Eligible applicants for this grant must be a nongovernmental organization designated as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in accordance with 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3). They must demonstrate the ability to provide RBS services via one of the three definitions of national-in-scope provided by the USCG. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that one of their primary functions is to provide services to the public.
Period of Performance
The period of performance for this grant is 15 months, starting from 07/01/2024 and ending on 09/30/2025.
$5,641,121.00 is available for this funding opportunity with a maximum award amount of $250,000 per application.