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USA Swimming’s Make a Splash grant

posted Apr 1, 2013, 9:20 AM by DCST Webmaster
Grant letter received March 29, 2013, from Harriett Navarre, Make a Splash Program Coordinator of the USA Swimming Foundation:

Congratulations on being a recipient of a 2013 Make a Splash grant from the USA Swimming Foundation!

The competition for this year’s grants was tremendous. We had more than 130 applications to support well-thought out programs across the country. With the available funds from the USA Swimming Foundation, our grant review committee was able to award 40 grants to Local Partners in 19 states across the country!

We appreciate all that you are doing in your community to promote water safety and the importance of learning to swim. We believe that the program you designed for 2013 will make an impact in your community and will save lives. Our goal for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash grants is to provide seed funds for programs to become self-sustaining. With help from the USA Swimming Foundation and the local partnerships you have formed we believe you are on your way to having a program that is ongoing and will leave a legacy in your community. Our goal is to help build more programs like yours around the country by supporting as many of our Local Partner programs as possible. For this reason, we have awarded you a grant that may be less than you requested. We believe that the program you have built is, or has the potential to be, strong enough to be successful in soliciting funds and sponsorships from local organizations that are committed to having your program live on in their community. We will continue to support your program by providing you with marketing tools, giveaway items, and resources provided by our growing Affiliate Coalition. We appreciate your support of our philosophy and approach to the grant program. Here are your 2013 grant award details:

Dad's Club Swim Start received $4,000 from the USA Swimming Foundation and will use these funds to provide lessons for at least 28 children with special needs. Funding will scholarships for the children. Please note, the program details have been adjusted based on the actual grant award you are receiving.

On behalf of the USA Swimming Foundation, thank you for all that you do to promote water safety and the need to learn to swim to the children, parents, and community leaders in your area. Together, we are helping save lives and build champions!

About Make a Splash

Consistent with the goal of saving lives and providing every child in America with the opportunity to learn how to swim, Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative, was created by the USA Swimming Foundation in 2007. 

Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate kids on the importance of learning how to swim. Many partner programs are located in disadvantaged or ethnically diverse communities and provide training programs (including certified instructors, resources and quality programming) to help children become water-safe and share with them a lifelong physical fitness activity. 

Make a Splash’s awareness campaign is built around the staggering statistics that minority children ages 5-14 are most at risk for drowning, and drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14. 

Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign; saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches millions of children through its programming, promotions and publicity tours.

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