Introduction

The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is the charitable arm of U.S. Masters Swimming. The Foundation works to reduce adult drowning risk through education, financial support, and community outreach. The Foundation's hope is that once adults learn to swim or improve their swimming skills, they will have the confidence and desire to continue swimming in a Masters Swimming program and experience the lifelong benefits of swimming.

DEADLINE
Applications will only be received through this online application program. Once you start the application, you must complete it in one sitting. Completed grant requests must be received by Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  

REQUIREMENTS 
  1. If awarded a grant, funds are to be used in 2019.
  2. The grant entity will be required to register as a USMS club or workout group. The cost to register as a club or workout group for 2019 is $45, plus a Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC) fee that may range from $0-$82. Grant awards may not be used for USMS club registration.
  3. At least one individual associated with the grant entity will be required to register as a member of USMS. The cost of individual USMS membership for 2019 is $45 without the Local Masters Swimming Committee fee. LMSC fees vary from $3-$21. Grant awards may not be used for USMS individual membership.
  4. If the grant entity intends to be covered by USMS liability insurance, participants in the learn-to-swim program must be USMS members or sign the 30-day guest USMS membership. If the adult learner continues lessons after the 30-day guest membership period, he or she must register with USMS in order for the insurance to remain in effect.
  5. Each instructor may directly supervise no more than three students and, for the insurance to be in effect, the instructor must be a USMS member.
  6. Grant programs will be required to fulfill reporting requirements, including but not limited to information about participation and use of funds.
 
HOW MANY GRANTS WILL THE FOUNDATION AWARD?
USMS member contributions provide the majority of funding that SSLF is able to award. Each grant award also includes one (1) fee waiver for the USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification class.
 
The amount and number of grant awards for 2019 will be determined in the summer, based on member contributions. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF GRANTS
The SSLF board of trustees will announce grant winners at the USMS annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 28, 2018. Grant applicants may attend the meeting, but their presence is not required. In October and November, USMS will reach out to those selected to receive a grant. 

TRADEMARK OWNERSHIP
United States Masters Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming, Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, Masters Swimming, and Swimming for Life are registered trademarks of United States Masters Swimming. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

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