Education Resources


Below are a listing of grants that US Sailing offers, as well as other grants that have been received by boating organizations.


US Sailing seeks to provide grants through a variety of programs. Some grants are available on an annual basis while others are only offered on a limited basis.

Grant Name

Grant Focus

Max Award


Pioneer Grant Adaptive Sailing $5,000 (match required) Closed
Reach Hubs STEM Education Varies Closed


The following grants are listed as a courtesy and are not grants that US Sailing is directly involved with. Grants are both for organizations and individuals. US Sailing does not have any involvement with granting organizations listed and provides no guarantee that the information is current. Please contact the providing organizations directly for more information.

If you are an organization that would like your grant added to the list, please contact Stu Gilfillen at

Organization/ Grant Name
Max Award/ Range
AYC Foundation Awards to support amateur sailing competition are made on the recommendation of a distinguished Advisory Committee, grants to maritime-related charitable and educational organizations provide members an opportunity to support the community in which their Club is located, and scholarships permit underprivileged youths to participate in maritime-related educational activities. Not listed
Boat US Foundation Grassroots Grants  The Foundation is looking for creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on your local waterway. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris. $10,000
Edgewater Youth Sailing Foundation Sailing competition & Program and Programs Not listed
11th Hour Racing 11th Hour Racing works to achieve systemic change for the health of our coastal oceans. 11th Hour Racing’s vision is for healthy, vibrant coastal communities that value and sustainably manage marine resources. 11th Hour Racing funds innovative efforts, both within and outside of the sailing industry, that systematically improve the health of our oceans and its vital resources. Not listed Various grants. A search feature is included on the website. Various
Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association (GSBYRA) Long Island, NY specific GSBYRA Sailing Grants recognize the sailing effort of applicants, who exemplify the principles of GSBYRA and foster sailboat racing through service, participation and involvement in various GSBYRA activities, committees and regattas. Applicants for the monetary grant must be members of GSBYRA Full Member Clubs, and be high school graduates or undergraduate students pursuing post secondary education at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or vocational school. Various.Applicant may be the recipient of a grant two times.
Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation The Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation was established in 1990 to provide support for youth and adult sailing and watersport programs. The Foundation also offers funding for sailing and watersports programs for at-risk youth, providing opportunities for young people who might otherwise be unable to enjoy these activities. We also provide safe-boating support to adult programs and events.Foundation grants provide the equipment and instructors needed to promote, teach, and encourage safe and skilled boating in the recreational and competitive environments. Many of the finest young sailors who call the Santa Monica Bay home have received support from the Foundation.  Not listed
St. Francis Sailing Foundation Our grants fund deserving organizations, individuals, and teams to promote sailing, racing competition, and maritime education. Most grant applications are submitted for a particular event or a series of related events that last over an extended time period. The primary purpose of our grants is to help fund individuals’ travel expenses related to out-of-town regattas. In some cases we fund coaching or other support. We seldom approve grants for the purchase of sailing equipment. Not listed
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office “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. $5,000- $50,000
West Marine Blue Future Grants West Marine offers two BlueFuture grant cycles each year that benefit nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth waterlife recreation and education. Our grants provide much-needed funds so these valuable, community-based organizations may provide scholarships, purchase new equipment, maintain staff, add programs and do so much more. $1,500