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Boating Safety Data Collection and Analysis

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard


    The purpose of the Boating Safety Data Collection and Analysis Grant Award is to conduct a 2015 National Recreational Boating Survey (NRBS) for the purpose of gathering information (e.g., boat registration data) to produce valid and reliable estimates of:

    (1) The numbers of different types and sizes of boats that are owned in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico;

    (2) The number of boats that are used out on the water and the number of days and hours that they are used out on the water;

    (3) The number and characteristics of persons comprising the general population that go boating (i.e., go out on the water in a recreational boat);

    (4) The amount of recreational boating (e.g., total annual number of person-days of recreational boating, annual number of person-hours of recreational boating, number of days and hours different type and size boats are used when they are in use out on the water); and

    (5) The amount spent by boaters while on their boating trips and for annual upkeep (e.g., storage, maintenance).

    The data collected and analyses conducted will provide the Coast Guard, State boating agencies, and boating organizations better information for program planning, implementing effectiveness measures, conducting education and outreach to the recreational boating community, and economic impact assessment. In turn, the efforts of these organizations will increase the usage of lifejacket wear; increase the awareness and usage of on water instruction; enhance awareness of safe boating operations; enhance recreational boating safety by reducing the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America’s waterways; and provide a safe enjoyable experience for the boating public. It is anticipated that the final report for all data collected will occur by August 2016.Data collection and analysis will occur over multiple fiscal years. Although applicants will submit proposals covering the entire project period, the Coast Guard may grant awards to the successful applicant over multiple fiscal years based on funding availability.


    History of Funding

    Funding available for the non-profit organization grants has grown from $625,000 in fiscal year 1984 to approximately $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2010.

    Additional Information

    The U.S. Coast Guard has funded a wide variety of projects related to boating safety, ranging from highly technical engineering studies to the development of public service announcements. The sole requirement is that the project must have the potential to benefit recreational boating safety at the national level. A "demonstration" project within a limited geographical area may qualify if it can be demonstrated that the benefits of the project can be extended nationwide. The applicant, of course, must be a national Non-Profit public service organization. The following generic criteria are used during evaluations.


    Carlin Hertz , Non-Profit Grants Coordinator

    Carlin Hertz , Non-Profit Grants Coordinator
    Coast Guard Headquarters
    United States Coast Guard
    Office of Boating Safety (CG-54221)
    2100 2nd Street SW
    Washington, DC 20593
    (202) 372-1060
    Additional information can be found at by searching funding opportunity number: DHS-USCG-2014-002

  • Eligibility Details

    Organizations do not have to be boating-related. Any organization meeting the following qualifications is eligible for grant funding: (1) It must be a nongovernmental organization. (City, County or State governments or municipalities, for example, are not eligible); (2) It must be accorded a Non-Profit organization tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3). You must provide a copy of the IRS letter designating your organization as a Non-Profit organization. (26 CFR 1.501(c) (3) -1 elaborates on the test for exemption.); (3) It has the ability to provide public boating safety benefits that are national in scope or dimension. It must demonstrate that its benefits will be effectively extended nationwide, extending beyond a state or region. A national membership base does not suffice; (4) The organization's activities must be nationwide in scope to be grant eligible. However, the lack of a nationwide membership does not preclude the organization's eligibility; (5) It must be primarily in existence to serve the general public; and, (6) It may not be a school or university, hospital or religious organization.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit an application is March 14, 2014.

    Award Details

    For FY14, approximately $5,100,000 is anticipated to be available.  No cost sharing is required.

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