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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.

We welcome applications from organisations around the world that deliver youth sail training programmes where over 60% of participants are young Canadians. Organisations can be land based as well as existing sail training providers, but should ensure their programmes support disadvantaged young people aged 14-25 years.

You can apply for funding for new programmes or to expand existing projects that are already benefiting young people. Grants can be used to fund personnel, equipment, and other direct expenses essential to the project, as well as community outreach and staff or volunteer training essential to the project.


Sail Training International is pleased to be able to be able to offer the Youth Development Fund, an annual fund aimed at the development of more effective sail training programmes for young people from disadvantaged social backgrounds. It was launched in 2019, and since then it has helped over 20 organisations deliver some amazing sail training projects.

Through grants up to £10,000, the fund is aimed and helping organisations develop more effective sail training programmes for young people aged between 14-25 years, and supporting them in expanding the reach of these projects within diverse and disadvantaged communities.

You can apply for funding for new programmes or to expand existing projects that are already benefiting young people. Grants can be used to fund personnel, equipment, and other direct expenses essential to the project, as well as community outreach and staff or volunteer training essential to the project.


As we continue to offer life-changing experiences at sea for young people, we are always grateful for the kind and generous support of different organisations around the world who recognise the transformative impact of sail training.

We are delighted to be able to partner with Marlow Navigation Netherlands, one of the world’s leading commercial ship management providers, to offer the Marlow Navigation Bursary Fund. The £5000 fund offers young people aged between 15 and 25 years old the opportunity to take part in a voyage during The Tall Ships Races.

Each bursary will offer the chance to take part in a life-changing adventure and become part of a team of people from around the world to achieve something truly special.

We would like to extend our warm thanks to Marlow Navigation Netherlands as they help us to continue our mission of supporting educational and developmental opportunities for young people. It is only through generous support like this that we have been able to keep changing young lives for over 60 years.

About Marlow Navigation

Since the company’s beginnings in 1982 from the maritime hub of Limassol, Marlow Navigation has grown to become a globally renowned and trusted name in the ship management industry.

Today, a network spanning 14 countries, with over 1,150 shore-based staff, 15,800 crew on board managed vessels and 25,000 active seafarers in the employment pool, underpins the company’s progress, business sustainability and client-focussed ethos.

Who Can Apply?

We welcome applicants from financially and physically disadvantaged people from around the world who have not taken part in a Sail Training International event before.

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 £500 each.

How to Apply

To apply for the Marlow Navigation Netherlands Bursary Fund, simply complete the form below.

Marlow Navigation Netherlands Bursary Application Form

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Please tick below the section of the event you wish to take part in - THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2024 (The dates shown below are the dates the vessels will be in the port)

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Please note that the Marlow Navigation Netherlands Bursary Fund is only awarded to those young people who would not otherwise be able to afford the full voyage fee.

Therefore, please provide the name and email address of a supporter who knows you personally, who could comment on your financial situation and would be willing to support your request (for example, teacher, youth worker, employer, scout guide or other youth organisation leader, member of sail training organisation, etc)


It would be helpful if you made contact with this person advising them that they may expect an email from Sail Training International. A Bursary will not be considered until a reference is received.

If awarded a bursary I agree to:

Be responsible for travelling to and from the vessel.

Participate fully as required in the vessel’s programme.

Be involved in publicity for this scheme if required, including being filmed and/or photographed.

Post my voyage on Facebook and/or other social media pages and/or sign up to the Sail Training International Facebook group.

Complete an Evaluation Report form - this Evaluation Report form will be sent to you post-voyage.

If possible, include up to four ‘action’ photographs as jpegs and any video footage you may have taken during your voyage. Please send these materials separately, as an attachment, to the final Evaluation Form.

All materials and findings submitted to Sail Training International are provided free of charge. Sail Training International reserve the right to use any such material for marketing and promotional purposes.

If you would like to find out more about Marlow Navigation Netherlands who have generously supported this bursary, you can by visiting

The Oman Bursary Scheme is now closed for applications in 2024

Are you or someone you know interested in applying for funding to take part in the tall ships races 2024? you can do this via the marlow navigation netherlands bursary fund

What Is It?

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 £500 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.

If you would like to be considered as an Oman Bursary approved vessel email for more information.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Royal Navy of Oman whose generosity has once again made the fund possible. Having supported countless young people to have a Sail Training adventure through the annual Oman Bursary scheme which has provided over £450,000 in funding to date, their continued support means we are able to bring the transformative experience of Sail Training to young people around the world.

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.

Submissions for the International Research Fund are currently closed. The next round of funding, and information on how to apply, will be announced soon.

Vessels need to meet the following criteria to be approved:

1. When participating in an event organised by Sail Training International, vessels must comply with the current Racing & Sailing Rules and Special Regulations for Tall Ships Races and Regattas (only applicable for participating vessels).

2. Captains and officers must be duly qualified and hold all necessary certificates required by the laws of their country to undertake the planned voyage.

3. Vessels must be legally registered, licensed and insured to sail with trainees and take part in all programmed activities whether in port or at sea (including racing where relevant) and approved for the sea area of the voyage. A copy of the vessel’s registration certificate may be required.

4. Vessels must hold an appropriate commercial certificate to take passengers or trainees, and they must submit a valid annual inspection certificate from their Certifying Authority which is approved for the sea area of the voyage.

5. The vessel’s stability characteristics and certification must be appropriate for the sea areas and season of the voyage being undertaking.

6. Vessel operators must hold valid insurance cover against third party claims and injury, death or other loss to trainees, staff, or volunteers to a minimum British pounds £5M for the class of voyage and activities to be undertaken.

7. Must have a Safety Management System (SMS) appropriate to their vessel. This can be in the language of the ship.

8. Must have a trainee safeguarding, welfare and protection policy in place and a system for criminal record checks, or, where there is no national system, an internal system for checking references for their sea staff and adult volunteers.

9. Vessel operators must have a proven safety and a proven track record (2 years) of delivering sail training voyages for young people.

10. Vessels must have a proven track record of effectively delivering youth development work within their sail training programme. They must either submit their sail training programme with the application, or provide an outline of activities on a typical voyage. In subsequent years, the quality will be monitored using feedback from trainees and others.

11. In all cases, STI has absolute discretion over decisions regarding the award of bursaries or funds.

Please contact for more information and an application form.

With similar goals to our other bursaries, the scheme is aimed at people of any age and who live with a disability. The purpose of the fund is to encourage self-development by actively participating in a Sail Training voyage on a Tall Ship during a Sail Training International Tall Ships Race or Regatta.

How Did the Bursary Start?

The bursary was founded to honour the memory of John E. Burnett. As a talented young production engineer at the onset of World War II, he wished to serve in the Royal Navy, but his skills were thought to be more valuable at home.

After a successful career, he founded his own manufacturing company. He somehow still managed to find time to help others and worked with the UK charity Remap to make custom-built equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives.

After losing a leg to osteosarcoma, John experienced the same difficulties facing the charities beneficiaries himself. Sadly he did not survive to enjoy the retirement that, after a lifetime of hard work, he rightly deserved.

His family immediately thought of John when seeing the Class A Tall Ship Tenacious (UK) in Funchal, Portugal, and speaking with its crew members. After learning of the surprising range of possibilities that life on a sailing ship offers people with disabilities, they were inspired to found the bursary.

Please note that the John E. Burnett Bursary is now closed for applications. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Burnett family for their generous support helping young people find an adventure at sea.

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