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GRANT NOTICE: For 2022 - 2023, NMTA is offering 10 grants at $1,000 each. The application closed 10/31/22 and recipients will be announced in January 2023. 

NMTA's Grow Boating Program serves the NMTA's core purpose—to increase the number of boaters in the Northwest. The program's mission: To increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often through the development of programs, events and promotions.

Since 2003, NMTA has spent nearly $2 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest. NMTA's Grow Boating program is funded through a surcharge on square-footage rented during the Seattle Boat Show each January. The Grow Boating Committee awards multiple grants up to $30,000 in total annually.

The NMTA Grow Boating Committee oversees the management and allocation of NMTA's regional Grow Boating fund, and determines what programs, events and promotions should be undertaken to encourage boating in the Northwest.

For questions, or to get involved in NMTA's Grow Boating effort, contact the NMTA office at 206-634-0911 or info@nmta.net.

Mission Statement
To formulate and execute initiatives that promote the boating lifestyle and improve the boating experience that will ultimately increase participation in boating and lead to increases in sales of marine products and services.

Strategic Plan

  1. Increase interest in boating

    1. Generate awareness and interest of the boating lifestyle through an integrated marketing communications strategy grounded in sound research.

  2. Motivate consumers to become boaters more quickly

    1. Qualify prospects and provide them with meaningful information that will help them decide which boat is right for them at www.discoverboating.com 
    2. Improve the sales and service experience through dealer standards and marine dealer certification.

  3. Keep boaters in boating

    1. Enhance the consumer retail experience through certification. 
    2. Improve product quality through standards and NMMA Certification.
    3. Protect and increase access to our waterways

  4. Support and provide oversight of the Grow Boating Strategic Initiatives

    1. Provide oversight for development and execution of Grow Boating Initiative Strategic Plans and ensure all contributing industry stakeholders have a voice in how programs are managed through an equitable governance structure. 
    2. Develop reporting systems to give industry more timely information on retail sales. 
    3. Disseminate news/information via all appropriate channels and methods to vested industry stakeholders 
    4. Adequately staff and support Grow Boating Initiative to maximize industry's investment

More information on the national Grow Boating Initiative can be found at Discover Boating / Industry Resource Center.

NMTA Grow Boating Video Samples

NMTA Grow Boating Video - Click here

Derema Group: "Building a Better Boating Industry" Video

KING-5 Pride of PNW: Boating in Washington's Ship Canal – Click here

KING-5 Evening: Best Northwest Escapes – Click here

FOX-Q13: Northwest Paddling Festival – Click here

KING-5 Evening: Evening Boat on Elliott Bay – Click here

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