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The United States Lifesaving Association works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness and other means. Therefore, the USLA is offering member chapters and certified agencies an opportunity to apply for a grant to help support and promote on-going education. The Public Education Committee suggests that applicants incorporate the current Water Safety USA message: “#BeBuoyant by wearing a properly-fitted life jacket” into their projects if at all possible.

Spring applications must be received by March 20, 2020 via email. Fall applications must be received by October 1, 2020 by email. Please do not fax or mail completed applications. Awards will be announced at the USLA Spring National Board of Directors meeting.

To award deserving and qualified applicants funding to assist with developing, promoting and offering on-going education or training directed toward beach safety. There is a maximum of one grant application per agency per filing date.

Grant Eligibility Requirements:
Education or training program must have one or more topics that the selection committee deems appropriate for on-going education on beach safety. Note: Only one application per agency per year will be accepted.

Financial Need:

  • Applicants must show a need for financial assistance and identify how funds will be used for the education or training program.
  • Applicants shall include a budget of how the grant will be spent in addition to the application.
  • Available grant money for each education or training will be awarded funds from $100-$1,000.

Partnership Responsibilities: Add the USLA logo to all marketing materials.

Applications are due by March 20, 2020.

Email to:
Denise Blair
USLA Public Education Committee Chair

Application Review:
The USLA Public Education Committee will review applications to determine whether the proposal meets the eligibility criteria. The Committee may request additional information, and/or provide the applicant the opportunity to clarify their application and advise the Committee of any additional factors that may be relevant.

Application Review Criteria:
The Public Education Committee will use the following requirements, in addition to eligibility requirements, in evaluation the applications submitted:

A. Description and Budget – provide a description of the project. If training include: location, session topics, time frame, fee and a training budget to determine reasonableness of costs and revenue generation.

B. Impact – provide a clear explanation of how the project meets a high priority public safety need.

C. Evaluation – provide an explanation of measurable elements that will be evaluated in order to determine if the project objectives were met.

D. Contact Information – the application must include a contact person, organization name, mailing address, email address and telephone number.


The applicant(s) will be notified by email immediately after the spring meeting whether their proposal has been accepted or denied. Those approved will be notified as to the amount of money available for their grant.

The Public Education Committee reserves the right to use other criteria in its selection process if deemed necessary.

The USLA does not guarantee any funds to be granted. Awards may be given for less money than requested based on the availability of funds and at the sole discretion of the USLA.

Downloadable USLA Education Grant Program Application

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