The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to the public to help it select the winning projects in the competitive 2012 Grassroots Grants Program. The program provides local non-profit groups up to $4,000 help boaters stay safe and keep our waters clean, and anyone with a love for the water is encouraged to go to either or to have their vote counted.

Voting begins today, March 1. Of the 13 grant proposals listed, those with the most votes by midnight (EST) on March 15, 2012, will have their projects funded. Boaters can vote for their favorite projects once a day until voting closes.

Funds for the grants comes from donations by the half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States ( and in the last 24 years, the Foundation has awarded over $1 million to organizations that have developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on their local waterways.

“The voting is usually very close,” said BoatUS Foundation Program Manager Alanna Keating. “Your vote will really make a difference to these local communities,” she added.

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