SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALIFIER AND CONDITION OF THIS PROGRAM.
Clubs must implement im according to the following guidelines:
Specific distribution of hours and scheduling is at the discretion of the Club. The Club must provide a draft schedule of programming as part of its reporting.
The following outlines required staffing qualifications and ratios that must exist in order to implement im. It is strongly encouraged that grant funding be used to hire additional staffing needed to ensure safety standards. (See budget section below for specifics). If you feel, even with grant funding, that you cannot meet or exceed the safety standards outlined in this RFP, please do not apply for the Michael Phelps Foundation grant.
Please review the following safety guidance as it relates to staffing your pool facility for im:
im safe (1 instructor to 6 members)
im safe focuses on new or beginning swimmers and requires a heightened level of safety attention as well as added direct one-on-one instruction time. Staffing requirements for sessions for im safe are as follows:
For example, if you have 11 participants during one single session of im safe, you would need 1 lifeguard, 2 in-pool instructors and 1 on-deck person.
im fun (1 instructor to 10 members)
im fun will include a range of swimmers with varying ability who at minimum have received their Water Skills Review Medal. While some participants may still be beginners, im fun focuses on skill development while playing games and taking part in swim challenges.
For example, if you have 15 participants during one single session of im fun, you would need 1 lifeguard, 2 in-pool instructors, and 1 on-deck person.
im fast (1 instructor to 15 members)
im fast focuses on more advanced stroke development and will involve swimmers that have graduated from the im strong component of the im safe bubble. Swimmers will be able to swim independently and perform a variety of strokes.
An im training, led by Michael Phelps Foundation and Michael Phelps Swimming, will be held on May 18, 19 and 20th, 2018 in St. Charles, Illinois. A primary aquatics staff member site (aquatics director, lifeguard, instructor) from each club must attend the 2.5 day training. Travel costs (flights, hotel and food) are accounted for in the grant amount. There will be a one-hour call with Program Directors/Administrator prior to the Training.
A final report is to be submitted to BGCA at the end of each grant cycle. The report will require each Club to share the program participant demographics, assessment of skill levels, program schedule, success stories, implementation strategies, and budget breakdown showing actual use of the grant. A draft of the prior year’s report – which may go through some alteration for 2016 – is attached as an example. All Clubs will be required to provide a certificate of insurance that includes coverage for your pool.
As part of the proposal you must outline how you intend to use the grant funds to support the implementation in the following categories: pool maintenance, staffing, equipment/supplies, travel, transportation and other.
Grant Application and Report
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Michael Phelps Foundation are committed to the safety of Boys & Girls Club members through water-safety and health and wellness education. Our goal is for all members to be comfortable in and around water, advance their swimming skills, set and attain personal goals, and have good overall health.
We invite your organization to apply for a 2018 Michael Phelps Foundation im grant. Please read the grant application criteria very carefully; some of the requirements are very specific. Any Club that applies should feel confident in their ability to meet all of the requirements.
BGCA and the Michael Phelps Foundation are looking to fund Clubs to participate in one cycle of im (summer and/or fall). Each cycle is between 8-10 weeks but clubs are encouraged to continue to provide the program, as resources are available.
One Cycle Grant Structure:
Please complete our Grant Application if you are interested in being part of our im program team.
The im program Grant Report is completed after each session. Please attach additional sheets as needed. The report can also be submitted using a redrafted format as long as it includes all the requested information. Thank you for your participation and diligence filling out this form, it is important to the success and continuation of the program.