The U.S. National Parks Service, an agency under the Department of the Interior, provides financial assistance to the different States or their political subdivisions land acquisition and development grants which the State or its local governments may use for a wide range of projects for outdoor recreation. The grants are given in accordance with the provisions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1967, Public Law 88-578, 78 Stat. 896, as amended. Grants under this law are intended to create projects that may include inner city parks, picnic areas, tennis courts, campgrounds, bike trails, boat launching ramps, playing field, and swimming pools. Grants are given for the construction of outdoor facilities that are open to the general public and only for the benefit of a special group. All projects acquired under this grant must be made available to the general public in perpetuity.
In addition to swimming pool grants given by the U.S. National Parks Service, there are other governmental and non-governmental bodies that provide grants for swimming pool such as:
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, offers pool safety grants. Based on a law that was passed in 2007, the purpose of the grant is to reduce the rates of drowning and drain entrapment of children. The swimming pool safety grant money is distributed through the different State governments which in turn will channel them down to the local government units.
- Grants for swimming pool safety research is offered by the National Swimming Pool Foundation in the form of an annual grant that aims to support “research and academic studies related to swimming pool and spa injury prevention”. Recipients of the grant are required to publish the results of the grant-funded study in the “International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education”. All non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status can apply for this swimming pool grant.
- Grants for swimming pool safety programs and education are given by the ZAC Foundation. It is a foundation that aims to improve water safety by providing funds for education, advocacy, and effective programming that will work to safeguard children and their families. The grants are intended to support programs that will improve pool safety by doing policy analysis, advocacy efforts, and public education. The areas of focus of the grants include safe swimming practices, education for installers and inspectors of swimming pools, and to encourage responsiveness from swimming pool regulatory authorities. Nonprofit groups may apply for this swimming pool grant.