Lew’s, a legendary rod and reel brand with a history of product innovation and “giving back” to the sport, is a proud supporter of high school fishing. Our support of school-sanctioned high school fishing clubs is intended to promote the fun of fishing as a healthy, wholesome activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
It is also Lew’s intentions to ensure a bright future for fishing by stimulating conservation awareness and responsibility in today’s young anglers, since purchases of fishing licenses and equipment help fund conservation efforts.
Lew’s is committed to our youth, our fishing resources and the sport of fishing.
Lew’s promises to be an exemplary fishing industry mentor represented by Lew’s brands, products and actions to high school anglers by way of a dedicated high school fishing support program designed to heighten the appreciation for our natural resources and grow the personal skills, confidence and character of participating students.
The Lew’s High School Product Grant Program is a product grant initiative designed specifically to provide Lew’s Mach rods and reels at no charge in response to project-based applications as a way to nurture high school sanctioned fishing club activities to the benefit of their members, schools and communities.
This Lew’s high school fishing program is funded in part by a portion of the profits from the sale of Mach rods, reels and pre-mounted combos. Lew’s Mach products are tournament quality gear that has been designed especially with styling, performance and affordability in mind for today’s student anglers.
The Lew’s High School Product Grant Program makes it decisions for product grant awards based on application information that satisfies at least one of the following activities of focus:
- Growing the sport of recreational fishing
- Showcasing high school fishing as a valued educational activity
- Elevating the visibility of youth fishing in the local community
- Instilling conservation awareness through best practices
The Lew’s High School Product Grant Program is administered by the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to “Ensuring the Future of Fishing.” F3 receives compensation from Lew’s for its administration services which in turn helps support other F3 programs, such as “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.”
The Lew’s High School Product Grant Program application cycle begins Jan. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of each calendar year. Club/team activities identified in the grant applications can be for anytime in the full calendar year.
Lew’s product grant awards shall consist of paired Lew’s Mach I rod and reel combinations, baitcast and spinning. Product grants are awarded at one of three levels based on application activity details. The three levels are:
|Level One (4 Combos)||Level Two (8 Combos)||Level Three (12 Combos)|
|Club size: 6-10 members||Club size: 10-20 members||Club size: 20+ members|
|Hosting an event or promotion with up to 20 teams present and/or up to 100 public attendees||Hosting an event or promotion with 20-40 teams present and/or more than 100 public attendees||Hosting an event or promotion with more than 40 teams present and/or more than 200 public attendees|
|Small media footprint (Local fliers, local paper, website and/or social media)||Medium media footprint (local media, social media and website)||High media footprint (local media, social media, TV appearance or podcast, and website)|
|If for a fundraiser, reach goal is 100 participants||If for a fundraiser, reach goal is 100-200 participants||If for a fundraiser, reach goal is more than 200 participants|
|Include conservation element: At a minimum, make a reference to “Keep America Fishing” program, such as “Proud supporters of Keep America Fishing.”||Include conservation element: At minimum, show support to “Keep America Fishing” program, such as “Proud supporters of Keep America Fishing” and linking to the KAF website.||Include conservation element: At minimum, show support to “Keep America Fishing” program, such as “Proud supporters of Keep America Fishing,” link to KAF website, add KAF awareness elements to your programs, such as visually and vocally support their “Pitch It” campaign.|
Since the Lew’s High School Product Grant Program product grants are funded through product sales, grant product availability is limited by a budget total. Product awards are continued throughout the calendar year until which time the program’s maximum gifting budget has been met. After whichever comes first – the maximum gifting level is reached or it is after the Sept. 30 grant application deadline – the online application process will be closed for the remainder of that calendar year.
It is to your advantage to apply for Lew’s High School Mach Fishing Program product grants early in the year.
High School Club Eligibility
Any high school fishing club/team that has at least list six members, is recognized by the school’s administration and has a designated advisor, coach or adult supervisor is eligible to apply for a Lew’s High School Product Grant Program product grant.
Only high school fishing clubs located within the United States are eligible, and the schools may be public or private, provided they are state-recognized secondary education programs.
A club/team can apply multiple times throughout a calendar year for different purposes, but there shall be only one product grant awarded to any one club/team in a calendar year.
Possible uses for Lew’s grant products, include:
- Club/team new member recruitment
- Public service activity at school or in community
- Club/team fundraiser
- Club team/loaner program
- Club/team championship event prizes
- Conservation program awareness
Mach product grant applications must be submitted online using only the official online Lew’s High School Product Grant Program application form. Only those application forms received with all required fields completed will be considered “qualified” applications and reviewed accordingly.
Equal consideration is given to all qualified grant applications, regardless of school or club/team size.
NOTE: Application lead times are important considerations because of the approval and review processes. Refer to “The Review Process” that follows to help with your planning of how far in advance you need to apply for an event that is time specific.
Mach product grants are reviewed within 45 days of date submitted and responded to within 60 days of their submission date with either an “approved” or “sorry, please apply again later” response.
Lew’s will make best efforts to ship Mach grant products within 14 days of a grant application’s approval based on product availability at that time. In out-of-stock instances, awarded product grants will be shipped as soon as it becomes available.
Shipping of Awarded Mach Products
Awarded Mach grant products must ship to a school’s physical address to the attention of a recognized contact for the school.
Freight is prepaid. There are no costs for the school and/or club members relating to any Mach grant products awarded through this program.
Lew’s / Future Fisherman Foundation Online Grant Application
Lew’s Fishing and the Future Fisherman Foundation extend our appreciation for your interest in high school fishing. In an effort to help your school’s program, we are offering high school clubs/teams the opportunity to earn Lew’s product at no charge in support of your group’s promotional activities. Please fill out grant application below (all fields required).