Funding for Local Boating Safety

The Grass Roots Safety Initiative

The Canadian Safe Boating Council, a national boating safety organization, is offering grants of up to $2,500 to charitable and not-for-profit organizations

The Grass Root Safety Initiative is a new program which aims to capitalize on the large number of local boating safety initiatives which offer an incredible service to local boating safety awareness.

A number of these initiatives go unrecognized by national funding agencies because they are often perceived as too small. However, many of these campaigns provide incredible value to sharing ‘good ideas’ and best practices to others promoting boating safety at the local level.

The CSBC, having nationwide outreach, sensitivity to boating safety issues, and members/communication networks ‘on the ground’ across the country, can provide the support and cohesiveness for local initiatives. The result will be improved regional stakeholder capacity, expertise advice and knowledge to these important partners who, if given the opportunity, can provide a platform to share best practices while fostering and growing local initiatives. The CSBC will work with successful proponents to ensure projects are delivering as expected, with reports being received and communicated.

The objective of the Grass Roots Safety Initiative is to support boating safety initiatives tailored to local needs and building on local boating safety capacity. Two of the key components in the submission include how the local program fits within a national boating safety strategy, and the leverage that the funding will benefit from the resources already in place.

  • Wear a PFD or Lifejacket
  • Don’t Drink & Boat
  • Take a Boating Course
  • Be Prepared, Both You and Your Vessel
  • Be Wary of the Dangers of Cold Water Boating

Successful project applications will be both those that are new, innovative concepts promoting recreational boating safety as well as endeavors that have proven successful in the past. It is expected that the amount funded will be supplemented by other contributions, either cash or in-kind.

The program is open to charitable and not for profit organizations. Projects will be selected and managed by members of the Canadian Safe Boating Council with milestone and final reports required for each. A final summary of the projects will be posted on the CSBC web site to share the successes and help others in their own future planning of safe boating initiatives.

There is a total of $40,000 in available funding with a maximum contribution of $2,500 per project. Applicants may apply for more than one grant, but a separate application must be presented for each project. The funding is available for projects that will be completed by January 2016.

Applications must be postmarked by Dec 15, 2014. Once received, successful project applicants will be notified before March 1, 2015 and can commence work as early as April 1, 2015.

To apply, simply click here. Any questions can be forwarded to Ian Gilson (

Terry ReesFunding for Local Boating Safety