Don’t wait for the good weather to start thinking about your swimming pool project funding. With two deadlines coming up in the next few months, now is the time to prepare an application. Below are three grant opportunities to help fund your swimming pools.Step Into Swim Grants
The National Swimming Pool Foundation wants to create 1 million more swimmers in the next 10 years. To do so, they want to ensure communities have products and programs that keep pools safer and open. The Step Into Swim campaign is one such program that helps keep pools open by helping more people become swimmers. More swimmers will result in a healthier society, fewer drowning incidents, and reduced healthcare costs with more people engaged in a healthy spectrum of aquatic activities. The maximum grant award is $10,000, and the deadline for applying for funds is March 3.
This sports retailer provides legacy grants for new facilities, facility improvements, and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. These grants would be ideal for already-established youth swimming teams or swimming camps since organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids, are eligible. Grants range from $10,000-$75,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next deadline March 31.
Sponsored by the National Park Service, the LWCF provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. LWCF grants are provided to the states, and through the states to local governmental jurisdictions, on a matching basis for up to 50% of the total project-related allowable costs. Appropriations from the LWCF may be made annually by Congress to the Secretary of the Interior, who apportions the funds to the states. Over 40,000 grants have been awarded through this program in its 40-year existence. This fund is useful no matter what stage of the pool planning process you are in. Funds can be used to purchase land to build a pool, develop recreational facilities on already purchased land, or redevelop older recreation buildings.
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