There are several bursary schemes providing support for Sail Training voyages, ensuring that this valuable experience is available to everyone. All UK Sail Training operators are 'not-for-profit' organisations and most operate their own bursary scheme. These schemes will vary and details and up-to-date information should be obtained by contacting the organisation you are interested in. See the links on the right for the full list of Member organisations.
Sail Training International 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.
Full details and online application available on the Sail Training International website.
The trust aims to help young people who really cannot raise enough money to secure a place on a voyage. Details on http://www.jmtrust.org.uk
How to apply for a James Myatt Trust grant
This charity, set up by members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, provides funding for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to afford the valuable experience of going to sea as part of a working crew. For further information visit www.rtyccharity.org
The Norfolk Boat offer financial help for off-shore Sail Training to young people (12-24) and disabled of any age, who are from Norfolk or the surrounding area. They only use ASTO sailing organisations and pay the organisation direct for the berth fees. The Norfolk Boat help approximately 180 people from the area to sail every year - they are predominantly disadvantaged and disaffected young people. If you live in the Norfolk area please see their Guide to Funding.