AOAP Life Jacket Safety and Learn-to-Swim Grant Application

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Statement of Drowning Prevention

The Association of Aquatic Professionals is working to build and maintain a national network of partners to address issues of life jacket safety and swim lesson education though water safety organizations, and to create of educational programs for our youth and families on both the local and national scale.

One of the goals identified by the Board of Directors of the Association of Aquatic Professionals is to provide support for water safety education and lifejacket safety based programs associated with the AOAP. Local municipalities, universities, and water safety organizations that are current members with AOAP may submit applications annually. Grantees are expected to sign contracts with the AOAP before funds are disbursed to them. They are also required to submit reports through the grant cycle, including innovative forms of measurements.

The program will take place Nationwide. The Board of the organization will head the program. This will be a year-round program and will take up 40% of the organization’s time. Program is to be funded by grants and contributions. This program furthers our exempt purpose as it educates Parents and kids on water safety.

The Association of Aquatic Professionals is a domestic 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation and is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Director and exclusively promotes and advocates policies, practices and procedures that contribute to safer and improved aquatic education, aquatic recreation activities, programs, and facilities; provides and supports quality aquatic education opportunities; coordinates and conducts research in the field of aquatic management and safety; promotes coordination and cooperation between established aquatic associations responsible for all aspects of aquatic programming, aquatic management, aquatic operation and maintenance and aquatic facility design. As well as providing educational workshops for communities on drowning prevention and education. A portion of all proceeds will be used towards drowning prevention, i.e. for Learn to Swim Program Lessons and Grants for Life Jackets.

Grant Opportunity

The Association of Aquatic Professionals will provide a maximum of $500 per agency for the following items:

  • Learn-to-swim programs
  • Lifejackets for use during learn-to-swim programs or public swim time to promote drowning prevention (actual life jackets will be provided, not money to the agency)


To provide education and awareness of lifejacket safety through learn-to-swim programs


  1. All grant applicants/agencies must be current members of the Association of Aquatic Professionals for at least 1 full year.
  2. Applicants must provide details on how the grant funds will be utilized
  3. Applicants must identify how U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets will be used to promote drowning education within a learn to swim program.
  4. Agencies awarded the grant or a scholarship will not be eligible to receive further grant funding for the following two years.
  5. Annual Grant application deadlines will be: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.
  6. For Swim Lesson Grants: Individual Grant applications (located on the grant page) MUST be filled out by individuals within your community that would take the swim lessons. All grant applications are then submitted to the AOAP attached to this on-line application form and payment for the lessons would be sent to the agency after the lesson session ends and a report is sent by the requesting agency/department/etc.
  7. Life jackets received via this grant must continue to be used in a learn to swim program. They may not be given away.

If you are applying for a swim lesson grant download this form:  Learn to Swim Ind Grant Application

  • Grant Application Guidelines

  • The intended purpose of the funding awarded by the AOAP is to provide resources to offer learn-to-swim programs to young people who may otherwise not have the opportunity to learn to swim and/or lifejackets to include in the learn-to-swim program curriculum and also for use during public swim times. These grants are not intended to provide budget relief. The goal is that these grant dollars are utilized in such a way that applicants are able to expand or enhance their services. A maximum of $500 per agency for swim lessons may be awarded and up to 32 life jackets may be awarded.

  • Grant Application Instructions

  • Include a written statement outlining your grant request - the more information you provide the better.

    1. Describe the purpose(s) or project(s) for which you are requesting grant funds. Specifically, how will these funds be spent? Include budget details.
    2. What dollar amount are you requesting?
    3. Outline the anticipated goals and benefits of this proposal.
    4. Outline the learn-to-swim curriculum that will be used and how lifejacket safety will be incorporated into this curriculum.

    If only funds for lifejackets are being requested, please outline how lifejacket safety will be incorporated into existing programs or public swim time.

  • Deadline

  • All applications must be submitted on-line prior to the deadline dates.

  • Demographic/Program Information

  • Please list the number of participants in each age group below that have participated in learn to swim programs this quarter.

  • Please describe the participants currently served in your programs this quarter.

  • Gender

  • Please include the drowning and/or near drowning rate for your community for at least the last 2-3 years. (information may be obtained through city census data, local hospital reporting, or fire department statistics)

  • (Please note that the maximum per agency is $500 for swim lesson grants and actual life jackets are provided - the number provided depends on the funding available at the time of application. Typically we provide 15 - 50 life jackets per agency)
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.