Reach Out Grant Program

Montana Swimming Reach Out Grant Program

Big Sky. Big Dreams. Big Success!

2018-2019 Reach Out Grant Application Form:  WORD    PDF

Reach Out Grant Application Deadlines: October 9, 2018 and March 16, 2019.

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.

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

Overseen by: Montana Swimming Diversity 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!