The CYC Foundation (CYCF) offers grants in
three categories: sailing education, regatta and clinic participation and
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 through 19 years of age
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 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
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 through 22 years of age 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
The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation will consider applications from organizations
• 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:
• For-profit organizations, Political
activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation
• Academic scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate or
• Institutional benefits, honorary functions, fundraising dinners, receptions
or performances, department retirement
or completed projects
• Deficit financing
Access the grant application here. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.