The Marco Polo Program was conceived and approved by the PDGA Board of Directors in 2011, with an official start date of January 1, 2012. The goals of this program are to support the introduction of Disc Golf into new countries and to strengthen its development in other countries around the world. The program will provide funding for innovative international projects that promote the growth of Disc Golf, and that create links between PDGA, the countries, and the local Disc Golf communities. Grants will be provided to PDGA international members in Europe, Asia, Oceania and elsewhere, and to USA/Canada members who have the opportunity to travel overseas. Materials and equipment purchased with grant funding must become the property of an incountry participating not-for–profit disc golf, sports or community association or group, and not the individual participants. All projects receiving support must promote the PDGA and its contributions as part of its project activities.