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Funding and Grants

Sail Training International is pleased to be able to provide a range of funds that support the continued delivery and development of Sail Training around the world.

You can see learn about the different funds we have, upcoming submissions deadlines and find out how to apply on this page.

The Sail Training International Canada Legacy Fund supports organisations (preferably non-profit) to help deliver youth sail training programmes to young Canadians. Sail Training International has set aside a total fund of $25,000CAN to be awarded in grants to successful applicants.

Following the success of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, the Canada Legacy Fund was been set up with generous support from Rendez-Vous Naval de Quebec. The Canadian Legacy Fund is under the management of the Sail Training International Board of Trustees, and is administered by the designated Legacy Fund Committee.

The Canada Legacy fund offers support to organisations that provide sail training programmes that look to reach disadvantaged young Canadians aged between 14-25 years. These programmes will offer one or more of the following:

  • Improve trainees personal, social and/or educational development
  • Enhance international friendship and understanding
  • Demonstrate replicable models of innovation and good practice in sail training

You can find out all the information you need to apply for funding using the Canada Legacy Fund Guidance Notes below. For further assistance, or if you have any other questions about the fund, please direct enquiries to

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The Deadline for applications is 18 January 2021

The Sail Training International Research Fund aims to support the growth of the body of research available to aid development and awareness of sail training programs around the world.

Proposals are invited from researchers around the academic world and funding may be requested up to a maximum of £20,000. Proposals should support the charitable aims of Sail Training International including (but not limited to) the following objectives:

  • Improving sail training outcomes globally
  • Identifying new outcomes of sail training participation
  • Increasing sail training accessibility for global youth
  • Providing empirical evidence of sail training’s short-term and long-term impact on participants

At the conclusion of the application window, submissions received are reviewed and funds are allocated according to merit and the researcher’s capacity to assist the sail training community to support, improve and/or promote its outcomes and objectives. Final decisions are based on the decision of the Research Grant Fund (RGF) Committee.

Applicants do not have to apply for the whole £20,000 if their study does not warrant it. The Research Grant Fund (RGF) committee can opt to support as many projects as the budget allows and may seek to apply for additional funds should they be deemed necessary which will be awarded at the discretion of the Sail Training International trustees.

Please note as a stipulation of receiving the grant the applicant must agree to have a progress report or final report ready to present to the assembled delegates at the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference the year following the awarding of grant funds.

The deadline for the International Research Fund 2019/20 submissions has passed. The next round of funding, and information on how to apply, will be announced soon.

Sail Training International is pleased to be able to be able to offer the Youth Development Fund, an annual fund provided to support a range of projects aimed at helping youth development.

We are seeking to support organisations – preferably nonprofit – to deliver sail training programmes that will reach young people from а mixture of backgrounds, particularly those from а disadvan­taged background (14-25). Applications may Ье submitted bу sail training operators, schools, National Sail Training Organisations or land­ based agencies/organisations or individuals working with young people.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Royal Navy of Oman whose generosity has made the Youth Development Fund 2021 possible. Having supported countless young people to have a Sail Training adventure through the annual €50,000 Oman Bursary scheme since 2011, their continued support means we are able to bring the transformative experience of Sail Training to young people around the world.

In 2012, Sail Training International had the pleasure of launching a bursary scheme in partnership with the Sultanate of Oman. It aims to foster international friendship and provide new and exciting opportunities for up to 100 young people each year. It does this by helping them to experience a sail training voyage on a Tall Ship during a Sail Training International Tall Ships Race or Regatta.

Sail Training International has enjoyed a long, positive relationship with Oman. The country is regularly involved with our events and is committed to developing young people, something that is central to our charitable purpose.

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has a long history of supporting sail training that dates back to their first naval training ship, Shabab Oman (Youth of Oman), which was in service for over 30 years. In 2014, the RNO celebrated the delivery of a brand new sail training vessel, Shabab Oman II. Since its launch, this beautiful full-rigged ship has continued Oman’s sail training success story, promoting international friendship and peace around the world.

How Did the Bursary Start?

The scheme was trialed at the Tall Ships Races in 2011 and launched officially in 2012. At that time, we awarded funds to 25 trainees from seven countries – the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has funded the scheme every year since.

The RNO also presents the Sultan Qaboos Trophy, which is awarded annually to the organisation or individual who has done the most to promote sail training for young people. The trophy marks a continuing partnership between Sail Training International and the Sultanate of Oman demonstrating a commitment to sail training and youth development.

Who Can Apply?

The Oman Bursary Scheme is open to applicants who have never taken part in a Tall Ships Race or Regatta. We welcome financially or physically disadvantaged people between 15 and 25 years old, regardless of nationality, background, physical ability, or previous sailing experience. The maximum amount awarded is £450 each.

We receive applications from a huge variety of young people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Trainees’ support letters often reveal their dedication, motivation and sometimes the difficulties that they’ve faced, such as health and personal problems.

Those who are awarded the Oman Bursary achieve something special – they become part of a team of people from different nationalities in a new and exciting environment, form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

How to Apply

If you know someone who you feel would be eligible to apply, further details can be found on the Sail On Board dedicated trainee Bursaries and Scholarships page.

Sail On Board Bursaries and Scholarships


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