The CYC Foundation offers grants in three categories: sailing education, regatta and clinic participation and maritime organization.
Sailing Education Grants
The CYC Foundation offers need-based and merit-based financial aid to youths seeking to learn to sail or to improve their sailing skills. Children from age 8 to those who have not yet attended college are eligible for consideration for sailing education grants. Those seeking sailing education grants must be residents of the Chicagoland area. If the individual is from outside the area, the request must be for support to attend an event held in the Chicagoland area.
The program for which an applicant is seeking financial consideration must be located in the Chicago area and must be affiliated with a recognized yacht club, sailing association, foundation or official community organization. Private coaching or instruction is not covered by CYCF’s sailing education grants. Applications may be for one session of a given sailing season only (e.g. for only one summer sailing session). Merit, as it is assed for sailing education, must be some form of sailing accomplishment (e.g. placing in the top three at a regatta, receiving the sportsmanship award for sailing).
Applications for grants for sailing education are considered according to the following schedule:
Applicants can expect to be notified of the Foundation’s decision for all programs as soon as is practical following the vote of the Board of Trustees.
Regatta and Clinic Participation Grants
The opportunity for young sailors to compete in local, national and international sailing events is essential for developing sailing skills. Regatta competition and clinic participation teach life-long lessons, build character, foster teamwork, strengthen respect, and nurture sportsmanship. The CYC Foundation seeks to support serious competitors at all skill levels to create sailors who will enjoy and contribute to the sport of sailing throughout their lives. Both individuals and teams may be considered for grants.
Individuals must be residents of the Chicagoland area or if the individual is from outside the area, the request must be for support to attend an event held in the Chicagoland area. Youth sailors from age 8 to those who have not yet attended college may apply. Applicants must demonstrate need or merit. If a team is applying, all members of the team must conform to these same age and residence requirements. Applications from individuals who do not conform to the above requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Sailors interested in obtaining a grant must fill out a Grant Application, Sections A and B2. Fully completed applications must be received by the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation Grant Review Committee no later than the first of the month in which the regatta takes place. An exception may be necessary where qualifying events occur within a narrow time frame. If this is the case, it must be made clear in a letter or email sent with the application. Within two weeks following evaluation of the grant application, an applicant will receive notification of the Foundation’s decision.
Maritime Organization Grants
The Foundation offers support to other maritime-related charitable organizations that operate in or have a tie to the Chicagoland area. Organizations seeking the CYCF’s support that meet the guidelines listed below must submit a completed application along with all required documents. Within two weeks following evaluation of the grant application, the applying organization will receive notification of the Foundation’s decision.
The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation will consider applications from organizations that have:
• 501(c)(3) status
• A mission statement clearly indicating support of nautical education activities, the marine environment or sail racing activities
• An area of operation including some or all of the Chicagoland area
• Been in operation for at least one year
Grants will not be considered for:
• Political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation
• Academic scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies
• Annual fundraising drives, institutional benefits, honorary functions, fundraising dinners, receptions or performances, capital campaigns, department retirement or completed projects
• Overhead costs, building or renovation projects, deficit financing, operating budgets or staff salaries
• For-profit organizations
Access the grant application here. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.