RECORD AMOUNT OF BOATING SAFETY GRANTS AWARDED STATEWIDE|
COLUMBUS, OH -- A record $364,994 in grants have been awarded to 29
organizations across the state by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
(ODNR) to conduct and promote safe boating education programs this year. The
grants range from $1,065 to $30,000 each.
The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers the grants each year to
assist local boating organizations in increasing boating education, and
helping younger boaters meet the provisions of Ohio's mandatory boater
State law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 to
successfully complete the Ohio Boater Education Course, or other boater
education courses approved by the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators. More than 12,000 persons successfully completed approved
boater education courses in 2003, of which more than one-third were required
to do so because of their age.
Grant funding for boater education programs is provided through the
state's Waterways Safety Fund, which is supported by a portion of the state
gasoline tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the
U.S. Coast Guard. Last year, ODNR awarded 34 organizations a total of
$353,000 in boating safety education grants.
The ODNR Division of Watercraft, U.S. Power Squadrons, U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary and other boating partners will offer more than 350 boating
education classes this year throughout Ohio. Additional information on
boating education and related programs can be obtained by visiting the ODNR
web site at ohiodnr.com or by calling 1-(877) 4BOATER.