More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The U.S. Freshwater Boaters Alliance, based on Grand Lake St. Marys, was awarded $17,889.26. 

Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education Grant program range from $8,875.23 to $30,000. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of a share of the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard. A total of $240,003.36 is being awarded to 10 community boating safety education programs.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for providing boating safety education and is committed to supporting safe boating programs. The division accomplishes this mission by providing annual funding assistance to local communities and nonprofit organizations through a competitive grant program.

Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to be able to show proof they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they are to operate any powered watercraft greater than 10 horsepower. Many of the programs also focus on boating skills development and basic water safety.

A listing of the 2018 Boating Safety Education grant program awards can be found online at

  • Butler Great Miami Rowing Center $ 20,425.80
  • Cuyahoga Berea Power Squadron 8,875.23
  • Cuyahoga Mayfield Village Parks and Recreation 28,027.00
  • Delaware The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition 29,791.44
  • Franklin American Kayaking Association 22,320.60
  • Franklin HERO USA 28,696.28
  • Hocking Hocking College 30,000.00
  • Mercer U.S. Freshwater Boaters Alliance 17,889.26
  • Preble Miami Valley Boy Scout Council 24,000.00
  • Summit Barberton Parks and Recreation 29,977.75
  • TOTAL $ 240,003.36