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Reach Out Grant Program

 

Montana Swimming Reach Out Grant Program

Educate. Initiate. Celebrate!

Big Sky. Big Dreams. Big Success!

2020 Fall Reach Out Grant Application Form:  Word   PDF

Reach Out Grant Application Deadline:  October 19, 2020.

2021 Spring Reach Out Grant Application Form:  Word   PDF

Reach Out Grant Application Deadline:  March 22, 2021.


Spring 2020 Reach Out Grant Recipients:

Bozeman Barracudas: The Bozeman Barracudas were awarded $1000 during the spring 2020 reach out grant period. BOZ plans to use the funding for further training for their coaching staff in how to coach and develop disability swimmers and provide on deck assistants to help with disability swimmers. 

Bozeman Brookies: The BMA Brookies were awarded $1500 to provide full and partial scholarships to minority and underfunded athletes especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. The team also plans to hold a learn to swim splash camp for non-swimmer youth to teach technique and water safety skills.


Fall 2019 Reach Out Grant Recipient: Bozeman Brookies:

Montana Swimming is pleased to announce the Bozeman Brookies (BMA) Swim Team has been awarded $2500 through the fall 2019 Reach Out grant program. The team plans to use the funding to reach out to low income, minority, and disabled youths in the community by offering partial scholarships, assist with meet fee expenses, provide training equipment such as caps and goggles, and offer a diversify learn to swim clinic in the LatinX and Native American communities.

The Bozeman Brookies have a proven track record of providing opportunities to low income, minority, and disabled swimmers in the Bozeman area. The team's commitment to offering quality learn to swim lessons to low income and minority youth as a clear benefit by preventing drowning and making youth safer around pools, rivers, and lakes in Montana.

The purpose of the Montana Swimming Reach Out Grant Program is to increase multicultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity as well as encourage those who are disabled to participate in all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. Montana Swimming wants to encourage swimmers to achieve excellence in and out of the pool through this innovative grant program. It is intended that this grant will be used to reach out to underrepresented groups - including ethnic minorities, low income outreach persons, LGBTQ, and disabled persons - in the overall community. Applicants must be currently registered a team/club of Montana Swimming.

Montana Swimming Reach Out Grant is funded in the amount of $5000 per year. Grant applications will be accepted twice a year. There is a maximum amount of $2500 total per grant period to be awarded.

The spring 2020 Reach Out grant applications are due march 18, 2020. Applications are posted online under the diversity/disability tab.

Congratulations to the Bozeman Brookies!

What is the Reach Out Grant Program?

The Reach Out Grant program is a new grant funded by Montana Swimming in October 2017 for two years to  support programs to assist low income, multicultural, ethnic, LGBTQ, and disabled athletes and encourage them to participate in swimming. Applications may be submitted by Montana Swimming member clubs.

Grant program funding: $5000 per year for the 2018 and 2019 registration years (2017-2018 and 2018-2019). Review the program at the fall 2024 HOD meeting for renewal.

Overseen by: Montana Swimming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair who heads a committee who receives, reviews, and awards all grants. Committee membership includes the LSC Diversity and Inclusion Chair, MT Swimming Finance Vice Chair, one of the elected Montana Swimming Athlete Representatives.

Two grant periods per year will be opened to receive applications. The grant periods will be announced on the Montana Swimming website.

Applications can be submitted by MT Swimming member clubs.

Grant program reports will be posted on the website.

Publicity: Post success stories and photos on the LSC website to cheer on successful programs!

Possible grant ideas could include: learn to swim programs for low income or ethnic minorities or disabled children; meet fee assistance for low income athletes; scholarships for outreach members; purchase training equipment for eligible athletes; provide team shirts, caps, goggles, and parkas for scholarship swimmers; low cost swim lessons; low cost team memberships; water safety programs, Make a Splash programs, and recruit and retain swimmers from minority groups in your area.

For more ideas check out the Pacific Swimming previous grant recipients webpage.

Montana Reach Out Grant Program

The purpose of the Montana Swimming Reach Out Grant Program is to increase multicultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity as well as encourage those who are disabled to participate in all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. Montana Swimming wants to encourage swimmers to achieve excellence in and out of the pool through this innovative grant program. It is intended that this grant will be used to reach out to underrepresented groups - including ethnic minorities, low income outreach persons, LGBTQ, and disabled persons - in the overall community. 

Twice a year Montana Swimming clubs are encouraged to submit an application for a Montana Swimming Reach Out grant. Funding is dependent on approval of the annual budget.

Clubs and organizations requesting support from Montana Swimming must submit a written program plan which includes a purpose, plan description, budget, schedule, funding requested from Montana Swimming, other sources of funding, and manpower expectations. The committee then evacuates the requests based on the following criteria:

  • Fulfillment of the USA Swimming outreach program mission, which is to provide opportunities in swimming to the underrepresented and economically disadvantaged youth in the United States
  • Fulfillment of the Montana Swimming mission, which is united in service, achieving excellence in and out of the pool.
  • Benefit to the athletes and their families
  • Innovation
  • Likelihood of success including past successes
  • Groups the grant will benefit
  • Benefit to your team
  • Benefit to your community
  • Benefit to Montana Swimming
  • Other sources of funding   
  • Other criteria as determined by the committee

Offering an LSC grant program to our member clubs is a great way to encourage clubs to think outside the box of ways to attract and retain swimmers on their clubs. Plus it gives them some funding to reach out and try new ideas and make something happen in their community.  If we believe in big dreams and excellence and we want our teams to grow, then we need to find ways to reach into the community and make a difference. The USA Swimming Foundation reaches out to ethnic minorities and low income families teaching children how to swim to prevent drowning deaths. We can use this program to encourage similar things in Montana Swimming. Big Sky! Big Dreams! Big Success!