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Grants & Scholarships

Team Travel Grants

In addition to offering need base scholarships for youth programs, we also offer grants to College and High School teams that qualify for national championships. The Sailing Foundation is proud to send local sailors to compete on the national stage! Grants can be applied for by contacting us directly at ysd@thesailingfoundation.org.

The following teams received grants in 2014:

  • British Columbia Women's Sailing Team
  • Bainbridge Island HS Sailing Team
  • Sehome HS Sailing Team (Bellingham)
  • Oregon State University Sailing Team
  • University of Washington Sailing Team

Trailer Reimbursements for Ferry Travel

Each year The Sailing Foundation awards a grants to reimburse NW high school sailing teams for ferry fares and travel expenses they incur when bringing boats to an away regatta.This encourages participation and means more boats are on the line each season. Reimbursement requests should be submitted to The Sailing Foundation in May following the last high school regatta of the season.

Grants for Sailing Programs

US Sailing's "First Sail" Grants

The rapid growth in community sailing proves that access, affordability, convenience and inclusiveness are essential ingredients for the engagement of new sailors. Combined with high standards in training and safety, these ingredients are the winning formula for increasing participation in sailing.The ‘First Sail’ Grant program seeks to provide financial support to those organizations that are introducing people to the water for the first time.

US Sailing's "REACH" Grants for STEM Education

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. US Sailing's REACH program integrates STEM education with the sport of sailing. Integrating STEM into your current program is easy. STEM grants are available through US Sailing and other foundations or endowments that focus on Science Education or Conservation. 

US Sailing "Pioneer Grant" for Adaptive Sailing

The Pioneer Grant Program was created with the intention of providing funding to sailing programs that wish to offer adaptive sailing to individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities but lack the resources to do so. Any organization that has indicated a successful track record with sailing education and is looking to either begin, or expand, an adaptive sailing program is eligible for a Pioneer Grant.

Northwest Marine Trade Association

Through the Grow Boating campaign the NMTA has will be awarding grants to organizations "seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at getting or increasing youth participation in boating activities." Applications deadline is Jan. 29, 2016.

Washington State "No Child Left Inside" Grant

"Grant funds are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth." Offered through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Applications deadline is Feb. 15, 2016. Amounts range from $5,000-$50,000. This is an excellent grant to apply for, especially if it's used for a capital improvement that can help other boaters too.

West Marine Blue Future Foundation

Junior Sailing Programs and non-profits are welcome to seek funding from the Blue Future Fund. The average award around $1500. Grant applications are usually accepted in late spring and winners are announced in August. This is a very simple grant to apply for. 

West Marine Affiliate & Sponsorship Program

Similar to the 5% back for schools program, if customers access the West Marine online store through the portal on your website, then your program is eligible for 2-10% back on their entire purchase order. Sign up is quick and easy. Teams, yacht clubs, sailing groups, classes etc. are eligible. 501(c)3 status is not needed to enroll in this program!

Fleet Building Assistance

The Sailing Foundation has helped several local programs build their fleet by offering exceptionally low interest loans over a negotiable period of time. The sticker shock of buying a fleet can be spread out over several years. The Foundation is flexible in how the agreement is structured, but the main criteria are that the boats serve youth and the program has a payback strategy, whether that be through revenue generated or fundraising efforts. Email us if you have questions.