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Western Region Sea Scout Grants

Sea Scouts learn life lessons while having fun with the opportunities provided in the program. This Grant program will award grants in four areas; cruising opportunities, vessel maintenance, large group events, and creation of new opportunities. Grants will not exceed $5000.

Sea Scout cruises that meet the requirements of a super activity are opportunities for a lifetime of cherished memories. The Western Region Sea Scout Grant program is to assist Sea Scouts who would not have an opportunity to go on a cruise, either due to financial challenges or limited boating options. Sea Scouts from landlocked states would have a possibility to cruise with other Sea Scout Ships or on private charters on any lake, river, or ocean in the western region. No Sea Scout should be left ashore because of limited family or ship resources.

Sea Scout Vessels are costly to maintain. Scout ships need to plan for this expense. Occasionally unexpected events may require additional expenses such as an emergency mechanical breakdown or unforeseen repair needed at a haul out. Western Region Sea Scout Grants can assist with these costs.

There are multiple large events that are regional in nature such as Southwestern Rendezvous or Ancient Mariner Regatta. These events are costly and at risk of being discontinued due to the tremendous costs. As these increase, the costs have been passed to the ships and crews.

Western Region Sea Scout Grants can help defray some of the one-time costs (safety equipment, replacement of broken supplies, etc) needed to keep the costs of the events affordable for all.

Events that improve the program are always welcomed. The next best activity that gives Sea Scouts an outstanding learning opportunity could be out there. Western Region Sea Scout Grants may be used to defray some of the costs for one new activity.

All grants must be applied for by an eligible Western Region Sea Scout Ship. Grant applications will be reviewed by the WR Cruise Committee appointed by the Western Region Commodore. The WR Cruise Committee will evaluate applications based on how the activity meets the 3 S's of Sea Scouts (Scouting, Seamanship, and Service), Scout Law, and Sea Promise, the Ship's annual Journey to Excellence score, the financial needs of the individuals, fundraising efforts made by the Ship or Sea Scout, number of Sea Scouts who can participate in the cruise, and whether or not the activity complies with the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Applications made for vessel repair must include a copy of the Ship’s registration, charter, the number of Sea Scouts active in the Ship on a weekly basis, and the number of Sea Scouts served by the vessel each year. The grant is not intended to replace a Ship's fundraising efforts, but rather to supplement on-going fundraising efforts. Grants will be made to Ships with active crews and weekly programs only.

Applications made for new or existing events must include a description of the event, the costs of the event, the number of Scouts that will attend the event, how the event is promoted, and how this grant will keep the costs to the scouts affordable.   The grant is not intended to replace any fundraising effort to help with the event, but rather to supplement to fundraising efforts.

Grants must be made by a Sea Scout Ship that is registered and in good standing in the Western Region. Applications can be submitted as a document with photos or as a video. Creativity is strongly encouraged.

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