On September 6, 2023, the Minnesota Department of Education released a Minnesota Youth Water Safety grant opportunity available to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and city and county parks and recreation programs providing swimming lessons to youth. These state funds are available primarily for the purpose of providing low-income and at-risk children with scholarships for swimming lessons based on nationally recognized water safety curricula. Up to 15% of the grant funds may also be used to hire water safety instructors or lifeguards, or to train water safety instructors or lifeguards in nationally recognized water safety practices and instruction. The total funding available is $250,000 for this fiscal year only (grant ends June 30, 2024). The minimum award is $10,000 and the maximum award is $24,000.
Completed applications are due October 6, 2023. Information and applications can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education Grants webpage for the Minnesota Youth Water Safety grant.
Contact Grants Specialist Coordinator Bette Benson at Bette.Benson with any grant questions.