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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits to
Promote Conservation in Sailing and Maritime Communities

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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for projects to address current environmental challenges in the world’s oceans, with a focus on the marine and sailing communities. Funding may be requested for specific projects.

This grantmaking program seeks projects that align with 11th Hour Racing’s program strategy to advance one or more of the grant program’s focus areas:

-Support and promote solutions that reduce ocean pollution;

-Advance clean technologies and best practices that reduce the environmental impact of the sailing industry and maritime communities; and

-Educate and foster ocean stewardship amongst sailing and coastal communities.

11th Hour Racing is committed to mobilizing the sailing and marine communities to create systemic change for the improved health of oceans. Fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical and the sailing industry is an important conduit to the preservation of the ocean and its vital resources. Recognizing the unique platform offered by the sailing and marine industries, 11th Hour Racing sees the opportunity these communities present to advance innovative practices, promote sustainable initiatives, and to develop new ways to use resources in a more responsible manner. 11th Hour Racing seeks not only to drive change in the sailing and marine industries, but also to facilitate a more responsible use of energy and resources among the private sector, governments, and individuals.

11th Hour Racing engages natural advocates for the health of oceans and waterways: the sailing community and the maritime industries, each of which rely on waters intimately for their livelihood and recreation. 11th Hour Racing’s vision for the future is one where the oceans are cleaner and healthier because sailors and coastal communities are strong ocean stewards helping to improve and protect oceans, and sustainable practices and technology are widely utilized throughout sailing and maritime industries ranging from increased use of renewable energy, a reduction of waste and plastics going into both landfills and into the ocean, and improved water quality nearshore and offshore.

Examples of potential projects include but are not limited to:

-Reducing Ocean Pollution: Innovative efforts that foster stakeholder engagement around reducing ocean pollution, showcase a new approach to addressing coastal pollution, or increase action within communities. Does not include: community beach clean ups, stormwater education, or agricultural runoff.

-Advancing Clean Technologies & Best Practices: Efforts that advance emerging methods, equipment, and/or technologies that reduce the environmental footprint of the sailing-related activities; environmentally responsible vessel disposal methods or construction materials; sailmaking material alternatives or processes; alternative hull paints; or academic research that informs or advances initiatives that reduce the environmental footprint of the sailing and marine communities. Does not include: policy development; proven technologies (i.e. conventional solar photovoltaic), advertising.

-Ocean Stewardship: Outreach and educational initiatives for sailors of any age focused on improving knowledge of ocean health issues and best practices. Target audiences may include: professional or amateur sailors, maritime industry members, or waterfront communities. Emphasis will be given to projects focused on innovative communication campaigns, citizen science, and new methods of engagement. Does not include: curriculum development; or general funding for educational programming.

Project submissions are evaluated based on the following criteria:

-Environmental impact: magnitude of the project’s environmental benefits

-Sailing and marine community engagement: level of outreach to or involvement with the sailing and marine community

-Capacity and Organizational Expertise: organizational capacity and qualifications necessary to implement the proposed project

-Innovation and Creativity: how unique the project is or the methodology used

-Feasibility of implementation: technological, financial, and political factors that may influence success of the project

Strong consideration will be given to: projects that involve collaborations and stakeholder engagement; model best practices; can demonstrate measurable outcomes in a one-year timeframe; and share successes broadly. For anything 11th Hour Racing funds, and especially demonstration projects or place-based work, preference will be given to opportunities for broader impact through replicating or scaling.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142067

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards range from $10,000 - $100,000, with an average grant size being $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Current grants are 1 year in length; 11th Hour Racing generally does not offer multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

11th Hour Racing will prioritize projects led by 501(c) 3 organizations but other types of entities may apply as long as the proposed project addresses one or more of 11th Hour Racing’s strategic goals outlined above.

11th Hour Racing awards grants in the U.S. and globally, therefore international organizations are welcome to apply.

Projects seeking funding for political advocacy, lobbying, litigation, fundraising, or legally mandated mitigation projects are not eligible.

11th Hour Racing currently does not offer general funding grants.

Pre-Application Information:

11th Hour Racing currently holds at least two grant reviews each year. Deadlines for submissions are as follows:

-April 1st, 2017: Grants awarded in June/July 2017
-October 1st, 2017: Grants awarded in Nov/Dec 2017
-March 1st, 2018: Grants awarded in May/June 2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grantmaking guidelines and the online application form may be found here:

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.