Grants for coaches

Arkansas Masters Swimming recognizes that the key to a successful Masters Program is a qualified and passionate coach. To that end, the Arkansas Masters LMSC would like to encourage current and potential coaches to become certified through USMS by offering grants up to $500 to cover expenses for coach certification classes.

The list of upcoming course locations and dates can be found here on the USMS website:
More details regarding coach certification can be found here:

What is funded?
Any ARKM registered master swimmer can apply to the Arkansas Masters Swimming LMSC for funds to cover the following for a Level 1/2 Coach Certification Course.

  • Registration fee
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Travel

Total allowed per individual is $500 to cover the above expenses.

How does it work?

Step 1: Request the funds
If you’re interested in applying for funds send Carie O’Banion ( an email and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your phone#
  • Your email address
  • Your USMS registration number
  • Current Certification level (if any)
  • Your coaching experience (if any)
  • Description of the program that you coach
  • Total number of swimmers in your current program that are USMS registered
  • Description of your USMS involvement
  • Description of how you would use the skills earned at this class to further the goals of Arkansas Masters Swimming
  • Total amount of funding that you are requesting

Carie will let you know if funds will be available to you within 10 days.

Step 2: Send proof of completion

After your class, send Carie a copy of your Certificate of Completion so she can release funds to you (send you a check).

That’s it!

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