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National Nonprofit Organization Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Grant Program

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – United States Coast Guard (USCG)

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02/11/22 11:59 PM EST


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations to improve the safety of waterways throughout the country. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take over four weeks to complete. Funding is intended to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America’s waterways and to provide a safe enjoyable experience for the boating public. The program also encourages greater nonprofit organization participation and uniformity in boating safety efforts.

As stated in the Executive Summary of the National RBS Program 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan, the three major priorities are:

  • Cultivate a boating public that is better prepared to engage in safer boating behaviors;
  • Make better-informed policy decisions by building and using highly-integrated systems to gather and evaluate data from many sources; and
  • Nurture collaborative efforts among the stakeholders that benefit the boating public within the recreational boating safety community.

This competition includes a list of Areas of Interest the USCG has created in order to better implement the Strategic Plan. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to address one of the Areas of Interest in their proposal. Applicants are also welcomed to cite targeted priorities in their application, but there is no need to copy information directly from the Strategic Plan into the narrative. 

Areas of Interest: 

  1. Standards Development 
  2. Outreach, Marketing, and Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign Projects 
  3. Standardize State Recreational Boating Safety Statutes and Regulations 
  4. Boating Incident Investigations Courses
  5. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) of Alcohol and Dangerous Drugs Detection and Enforcement Courses
  6. Investigation into Electric Propulsion
  7. Life Jacket Wear Rate Study
  8. Outreach and Awareness Symposium
  9. Voluntary Departure Hazards

For allowable costs, see page 14 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

For more information on areas of interest, see page 23 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178261

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Applicants may apply for one- or three-year awards.

Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 07/01/2022

Projected Period of Performance End Date(s):
- 15 months: 09/30/2023
- 39 months: 09/30/2025


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit public service organizations do not have to be boating-related. Any organization meeting the following qualifications is eligible to apply.
1. It must be a nongovernmental organization. (City, County or State governments or municipalities, for example, are not eligible).
2. It must be accorded a non-profit organization tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3).
3. It has the ability to provide public boating safety benefits that are national in scope or dimension. It must demonstrate that its benefits will be effectively extended nationwide, extending beyond a state or region. A national membership base does not suffice.
4. It must be primarily in existence to provide “public service” and serve the general public. Fraternal, lobbying or religious organizations are not eligible.

The following organizations are not eligible for funding: (1) colleges and universities; (2) hospitals; (3) governments or governmental organizations; (4) churches; (5) municipalities; (6) local units of national organizations; and (7) organizations that do not have an impact at the national level.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: 12/02/2021
b. Application Submission Deadline: 02/11/2022 at 11:59:59 PM EST Applications received after the February 11, 2022 deadline will NOT be considered for funding. Application packages that are improperly completed may not be accepted. Please note that a completed application must be submitted in order to be considered for funding. A list of required documents is in Section D. 9. Content and Form of Application Submission.
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than 05/31/2022
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than 06/30/2022

All entities wishing to do business with the federal government must have a unique entity identifier (UEI). Currently, the DUNS number, which is a unique nine-character identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) free of charge, is the official UEI. D&B assigns UEI (DUNS) for each physical location of a business. Requesting a UEI (DUNS) takes about 10 minutes. Receiving a UEI (DUNS) takes 1–2 business days (under normal circumstances) when using the D&B web form. information can be found at: registration information can be found at: Detailed information regarding DUNS and SAM is also provided in Section D of the NOFO.

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Any questions regarding grant announcement may be sent to Cynthia Dudzinski, Nonprofit Organization Grant Coordinator, at 202-372-1064 or at

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