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Grant Program

GRANT PROGRAM CRITERIA AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Through our Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back program, we provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County to underwrite environmental and marine education programs, and waterfront projects in downtown West Palm Beach that serve West Palm Beach residents and visitors.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back program is funded through the proceeds from the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show held in March in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Boat Show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and has been produced annually for more than 40 years. The Boat Show makes a major economic impact on the region.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show is also a much-loved annual tradition for local residents of the region, and is widely known as one of only a handful of must-attend, major events. As a result, the Boat Show has always given back to the community through sponsorships and underwriting of organizations.

In 2023, the tradition of community giving was enhanced through a commitment by organizers to provide substantially larger funding each year so that the impact of the Boat Show is even more meaningful.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back program is funded through PBIBS ticket sales, optional ticket price add-ons, and other boat show-related activities. It is our hope that successful, grant-underwritten projects will positively impact thousands of lives through inspiring educational programs and waterfront projects.

ABOUT THE MARINE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986. Its mission is to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment. The MIAPBC brings the community two annual signature events: the Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) and the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The Palm Beach International Boat Show features billions of dollars of yachts and accessories, with an economic impact of $1.05 billion statewide and $163.1 million in Palm Beach County. The MIAPBC supports more than 40 local, marine-related events and nonprofits that protect and promote the marine industry in Palm Beach County and beyond, with a portion providing scholarships to deserving students. Since its inception, the MIAPBC has donated more than $2.5 million to local nonprofit organizations and scholarship candidates.

ABOUT INFORMA

Informa provides the management of the Palm Beach International Boat Show. It is a leading international events, digital services, and academic knowledge group. Through hundreds of brands and a range of products and services, Informa connects businesses and professionals with the knowledge they need to learn more, know more, and do more. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of FTSE 100, with more than 10,000 colleagues working in over 30 countries.

Deadlines/Timeline

September 12, 2023:  Grant application opens

November 17, 2023:  Grant application closes

November 20, 2023-February 2, 2024:  Grant applications reviewed

February 5, 2024:  Grant awards announced and recipients notified

February 21, 2024:  Grant awards cocktail reception

February 28, 2025:  Grant awards reports due

Programs that are funded by this grant must take place within one year, starting in March 2024 and ending no later than February 2025.

Grant Application

(Required with all submissions.)

  • Copy of the 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • A list of current officers and board of directors.
  • Budget for the program or project for which funds are requested.
  • Current year annual operating budget for the organization applying.
  • Copy of the organization’s most recent 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Copy of the organization’s most recent Audited Financial Statement.
  • Any agreements with partners for the potential project or program, if applicable.
  • Letters of support are optional.

Submit PDF application to info@marinepbc.org

Grants are intended to fund specific projects or activities that serve a public or charitable purpose.

Sponsorships are a tool we use to gain exposure and promote the MIAPBC. If an event sponsorship (such as fishing tournament, gala, festival, etc.) is a better fit than grant funding, click below.

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