Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How the ACA Supports Local Paddling Clubs

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club 

The American Canoe Association supports more than 140 Paddle America Clubs across the country. This suppor
t comes in many forms, from club insurance for paddling activities to cash support in the form of the LL Bean Club-Fostered Stewardship Program.

Over the past three years, the ACA has distributed 44 grants totaling more than $35,000 to local clubs in support of volunteer-driven waterways stewardship projects. This money has been used for everything from the creation of water trails to waterway clean-up projects. A few examples include: 

> A $500 grant to assist the Badger State Boating Society (Wisconsin) in the development of the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail.

> A $660 grant to Bay Area Sea Kayakers (California) to assist with two major beach clean-ups.

> Funding to help the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (Oregon) map and install safety signage along the Deschutes Paddle Trail.

> Grants over several years to the Sebago Canoe Club (New York) to support the Open Paddle program, a series of weekly volunteer-led paddling trips introducing city residents to the local Jamaica Bay.

These are just a few examples. Visit our website for more information on our LL Bean Club-Fostered Stewardship Grants, and on other ways we support Paddle America Clubs around the country. 

It's also a great example of how ACA works with our many partners to forward our important mission.

Martin A. Bartels
Executive Director

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