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November 2020


Grants Available for Swim Lesson Providers

Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.3 million to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country via more than 1,500 verified swim lesson providers in all 50 states. Applications for the 2021 USA Swimming Foundation Learn-to-Swim grants are now open. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2020.

Now more than ever, USA Swimming swim lesson providers are encouraged to capitalize on every available opportunity to fund their learn-to-swim programs. In an effort to highlight the need and importance of these programs, USA Swimming with its partner Phillips 66 launched "Saving Lives Is Always in Season," a campaign to increase drowning prevention across the country by reminding Americans that swim lessons are a life-saving resource. The two-pronged campaign is targeted toward those responsibly looking to sign their children up from swim lessons while also advocating for pools to open for lessons to be facilitated.

"The USA Swimming Foundation is seeing phenomenal growth in both our network of swim lesson providers and the number of children being served. We are thrilled to open the 2021 grant cycle and learn how our partners plan to extend swim lesson opportunities within their communities in the coming year," said Scott Usher, USA Swimming development director. "Formal swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88%, and we're honored to provide financial support to teach the life-saving skill of swimming to underserved children in the year to come."

To be considered for the 2021 grant, applicants must be an approved USA Swimming swim lesson provider in good standing and provide a detailed project budget and program narrative within the grant application. Guidelines for the 2021 USA Swimming Foundation grants can be found here: www.usaswimming.org/foundation#saving-lives-through-swim-lessons.

Funding will be provided to programs directly benefiting children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim.

Interested swim lesson providers who are not yet approved participants in the USA Swimming swim lesson provider network will need to complete the Network Application to be eligible to apply for 2021 grant funding.


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