Local Partner Resources
Help us teach 1 Million children how to swim in 2018!
Click below to log-in to your local partner profile. Once logged in you can submit enrollment reports and update your program contact information. Not a local partner? Need help? Contact us, at 719-866-3546 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Splash Local Partner Programs can request marketing materials for their programs and events. Materials include, but are not limited to, stickers, tattoos, water watcher cards, water safety tip cards, storybooks, and more! Click here to request items today!
LOCAL PARTNER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
The USA Swimming Foundation awards annual grants to Make a Splash Local Partners who provide services to young people who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons. In 2019 the Foundation will award more than $600,000 in two rounds of grants, Spring and Fall, to Make a Splash Local Partners across the U.S. The grant application window opens November 15, 2018 and applications are due January 15, 2109 at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants must be a Make a Splash Local Partner in good standing to apply for funding. Apply for funding HERE.
For more information and USA Swimming Foundation Grant Guidelines and Instructions, click HERE.
In 2018, the USA Swimming Foundation awarded more than $700,000 through its grant program for Make a Splash Local Partners. Since 2007 the Foundation has awarded more than $5.7 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. For more information on our most recent year's grant awards, see below for press releases and recipient lists by year.
Swim lesson providers interested in applying for funding from the USA Swimming Foundation who are not yet Make a Splash Local Partners, apply HERE to join the network today!
2019 USA SWIMMING FOUNDATION GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO MAKE A SPLASH LOCAL PARTNERS!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2019 USA Swimming Foundation grant application for Make a Splash Local Partners is now open. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET.
The USA Swimming Foundation will provide more than $600,000 in grants in 2019 through two rounds of grant awards, Spring and Fall, to help Make a Splash Local Partners provide swim lessons to children in their local communities. Individual grant awards will range from $1,000 to $15,000, dependent on the service category.
To be considered, applicants must be a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner in good standing and provide a detailed project budget and program narrative within the grant application. The 2019 USA Swimming Foundation Grant Guidelines can be found at https://bit.ly/2ThLpAN and the application can be found https://bit.ly/2zV7FYA. Funding will be provided to programs directly benefiting children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim.
Interested swim lesson providers who are not yet Make a Splash Local Partners will need to complete the Local Partner application before December 31 to be eligible to apply for 2019 grant funding. The Local Partner application can be found at https://bit.ly/2zYYgPp.
“Since 2007, more than 6 million children have learned to swim through our Make a Splash Local Partner network. We’re excited to see what our Partners can accomplish with the more than $600,000 in grant funding slated for 2019,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “Formal swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent, and through the teamwork of the USA Swimming Foundation and our more than 850 Make a Splash Local Partners, we’re honored to support swim lesson providers in teaching the life-saving skill of swimming to children across the nation.”
The USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $5.7 million dollars since 2007 to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. Through this initiative more than 6 million children have received swim lessons through the Make a Splash Local Partner network. In total, the USA Swimming Foundation boasts a Local Partner network that spans more than 850 verified swim-lesson providers in all 50 states. Make a Splash Local Partners promote water safety education in their communities and provide scholarships for child to participate in their swim lesson programs.
RESEARCH CORNER: STUDY REVEALS 5-10% Increase in Swimming Ability among U.S. Children
A recent study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas found a 5-10% improvement in overall swimming ability from our previous findings in 2010.
There is still much work to be done, however, as 64% of African American children, 45% of Hispanic children, and 40% of Caucasian children, along with 79% of the children from households with incomes less than $50,000, have low or no swim ability, putting them at increased risk for drowning. The 2017 study is a follow-up to a 2010 groundbreaking research study (Phase II) that identified the constraints impacting swimming participation among urban minority groups in the United States. For full results please click on documents below.