RYA Foundation

The RYA Foundation has been formed with the objective of making boating more accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance.

About the trust

For a world where boating is accessible to everyone regardless of circumstance. 

We want boating to be attainable for all, and work to enhance the prospects for disadvantaged individuals. Water sports give people of all abilities the chance to get active, be part of a crew and experience the skill and exhilaration of taming the wind and waves.

The Foundation gives out grants and supports projects that enable organisations to have the facilities and training they need to open their doors to more people from a broader range of backgrounds.

Their activities, largely volunteer-led, help to:

  • offer regular access to different water sports
  • provide trained instructors to develop individual skills and team co-operation
  • ensure equipment is fit for purpose for people of mixed abilities
  • reduce social isolation
  • have more members enjoying activities on the water


Apply here by using the Grant Application Form. Please first read the Grant Guidelines Applications

Applications for grants may be submitted at any time. They will normally be considered at the next quarterly Trustees' meeting. This date will be advised following receipt of a properly completed grant application.

A condition of grant is that beneficiaries submit a short Grant Beneficiaries Feedback Report within 12 months of grant award. This will be added to our website to help promote your enterprise and our mission.

When a full report cannot be provided within 12 months a Grant Beneficiaries Feedback Interim Report will be accepted.  For all queries and to submit your application please contact :

Email: info@ryafoundation.org

Tel: 02380 604271

Read more about the Foundation and who we are here

The RYA Foundation Charity Commission Number : 1084351


Donate online: via our RYA Foundation page at Virgin Money Giving

Donate by post: send a cheque made payable to 'RYA Foundation' to :

RYA Foundation, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble. SO31 4YA

Gift in Will: to leave a gift please email info@ryafoundation.org

Thank you for donating to the RYA Foundation

Beneficiaries Reports

Find out how our grants have made a difference below.

Bolton Sailing Club

Covenham Sailing Club

Cowes Sailability