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Grants to USA Swim Lesson Providers for Free or
Low-Cost Swim Instruction for Underserved Youth

Youth Learn to Swim (YLTS) Grant

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USA Swimming Foundation

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Deadline Date:

12/15/21 11:59 PM Mountain Time


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Grants to USA swim lesson providers for free or low-cost swim instruction and transportation to swimming lessons for underserved youth. Applicants must be preapproved as a provider prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to expand existing programming to reach underserved and underrepresented youth up to age 19, who would otherwise not have access to swim instruction.

Grant funding will be awarded based on the number of additional children the organization plans to serve with USA Swimming Foundation YLTS Grant dollars. Grant proposals should indicate expansion to the current scope of service, inclusive of any outreach programs. USA Swimming Foundation funding is intended to offset direct program costs and can be applied towards:

  • Free or reduced-cost youth swim lessons (i.e. scholarships)
  • Transportation to/from the pool(s) in which swimming lessons take place

The Grant Review Committee looks most favorably upon programs and projects that:

  • Outline spending in the most cost-effective manner
  • Demonstrate long-term sustainability without continued USA Swimming Foundation funding
  • Coordinate community partnerships within the proposed project that expand the reach and impact
  • Obtain or raise matching (or incremental) dollars within the local community
  • Have and communicate a clear and detailed plan of execution for the proposed project
  • Provide opportunities or connections with programs which allow for participation in precompetitive or competitive programs once the appropriate skills have been mastered

For program eligibility requirements, please see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199010

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The typical annual budget provides funding for an average of 70 programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $1000. There is no maximum limit.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant program must have an approved Swim Lesson Provider Network application on record in the SurveyMonkey Apply platform no later than November 1, 2021, or have submitted a 2020 Learn to Swim Grant application.

The program must have a valid Federal Tax ID Number/Employer Identification Number(EIN).

Non-USA Swimming member Team applications will be reviewed and categorized based on the total number of children receiving swim lessons from the applying organization on an annual basis. USA Swimming member Teams will be separated into a stand-alone category. The categories are as follows:
• Less than 500 children
• 500-1,000 children
• 1,001-2,500 children
• 2,501-5,000 children
• 5,001-10,000 children
• 10,000+ children
• USA Swimming Team

The USA Swimming Foundation will NOT accept:
• Applications which are late or incomplete
• Applications submitted through any other format than the online SurveyMonkey Apply platform
• More than one application per Federal Tax ID Number/Employer Identification Number (EIN) or organization
• Applications seeking funding for any purpose other than free or reduced-cost youth swim lessons (i.e. scholarships), or transportation to/from the pool
- USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim Grant funds are not intended to provide budget relief, support facility overhead, construction or renovation, aid in the purchase of material goods (including equipment, apparel, etc.), or be used for advertising, promotional, or marketing purposes.
• Applications requesting funds for re-granting or gifting purposes
• Applications submitted on behalf of an organization by individuals who are not directly affiliated
with or contracted by the organization
• Applications which request funding for a program that does not meet the minimum requirements of the Swim Lesson Provider Network as outlined above, or intends to provide scholarships for children with no documented need

Pre-proposal Conference:

2022 Youth Learn to Swim Grants Informational Webinar

Join USA Swimming to walk through the 2022 Youth Learn to Swim Grant application process. This meeting will be recorded and posted afterwards.

Wednesday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m. EDT

Led by: USA Swimming staff


Pre-Application Information:

2022 USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim (YLTS) Grant Timeline
• October 14, 2021: 2022 YLTS Grant application opens
• November 1, 2021: Interested YLTS Grant Applicants must have met Eligibility Requirement #1
• December 15, 2021: 2022 LTS Grant applications due by 11:59pm Mountain Time
• February/March 2022: 2022 YLTS Grant recipients announced (exact date TBD)
• December 15, 2022: 2022 YLTS End of Year Grant Report due from recipients

Applicants are required to have an established SurveyMonkey Apply user account using the organization’s Federal Tax ID Number/Employer Identification Number (EIN) and a valid email address; Only one (1) grant application per Federal Tax ID number/organization will be accepted.

Applicants must be a pre-approved Network swim lesson provider with an existing Network Application on record in the SurveyMonkey Apply platform prior to November 1; Use only the existing account to complete and submit your Youth Learn to Swim (YLTS) Grant Application, please do NOT create a new account/profile.

Swim Lesson Provider Network Application:

Webinar recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For Learn to Swim Grant questions and support, please contact Tina Dessart.

USA Swimming
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5770
(719) 866-4578
Fax: (719) 866-4669 and (719) 866-4877

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