The Professional Anglers Association (PAA) is in need of your help. Recently, PAA applied for a grant from the BoatUS Foundation’s Grass Roots Grant Program to pursue funding for some exciting new programs we have developed that would target today’s youth.

Under the new youth programs, PAA has worked to develop a curriculum that will teach today’s youth proper boating safety procedures and sound water conservation practices to develop better individual responsibility in today’s youth and an overall better “on the water” awareness. In these youth programs, PAA will utilize PAA pros as instructors and mentors to the youth through seminars and public events to pass on all facets of “professional” angling skills. Fees and expense reimbursements will be provided to PAA pros who participate.

PAA is very excited about these new programs and what they could bring to today’s youth and the fishing industry as a whole.  However, to pursue these youth programs PAA needs your help to secure the funding available through the BoatUS Foundation’s Grass Roots Grant Program.

PAA has been named a finalist for the BoatUS Grass Roots Grant Program. The winner(s) of the grant funding will now be decided by a public voting phase. Public voting will be open February 20 – March 6, 2013 and the public can only vote for one finalist project winner once per day. The PAA Board of Directors and staff would like to encourage you to vote for PAA’s youth programs each day within this voting period so that we can ensure PAA can get these youth programs initiated through this grant funding in 2013.  We cannot do this without your vote!  Please vote for PAA’s youth program today and everyday through March 6th! 
Voting Details

Voting will be open February 20 – March 6, 2013. The public can vote for one finalist project once per day at the links below:

Website and Mobile Voting: http://shout.lt/gpnv

Facebook Voting: To vote, you must like the BoatUS Facebook page. Like their page and vote at http://shout.lt/ggJ8

Voting Terms and Conditions

Voting is open to individuals aged 13 and over.

Each individual may vote for one project once per day until March 6th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The voting day resets at 12:00 a.m. EST every day.

An email address is needed from each voter to confirm they are a real person. The first time a user votes they will need to provide an email address. A verification email will then be sent to confirm the email address. Once the email is confirmed, the user will be able to vote for the rest of the voting period with that email address. The email address is only used to verify the vote.

The BoatUS Foundation reserves the right, but is not obligated, to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual who votes by any electronic, mechanical or automated means, or otherwise tampers with the vote process, or violates the voting limit or encourages others to violate the Voting Terms and Conditions or limits.

Any organization found to have participated in violating the Voting Terms and Conditions or limits or encouraging others to do so will be disqualified from the Grants program and will not receive funding.

All votes are subject to review by the Foundation and final decisions on who receives funding will be determined by the Foundation based on all legitimate votes.

The BoatUS Foundation is not responsible for and shall not be liable for communications malfunctions; cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless services; interrupted or unavailable networks or servers; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion or for any technical problem which may cause the voting to be disrupted or corrupted.

Caution: Any attempt by an applicant or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or website, tamper with the voting process, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the voting is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, administrators reserve the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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