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RYA Foundation

What we do

We are the RYA’s national charity and support clubs and centres around the UK.

Since the creation of the Foundation in 2013, we have been able to make grants totalling some £440,000 to clubs, Sailability sites and other organisations to introduce people to boating, provide specialist equipment and train volunteers. Nearly 15,000 people have been helped to get on the water and experience the joy and freedom of sailing.

We support sailing centres, Sailability sites, other charities and foundations who organise the facilities and activities to get on the water. Largely charitable and run by volunteers, they are constantly fundraising to keep abreast of equipment and safety requirements and volunteer training. Our grants help pay for these, often through match funding.

Ways to support our work

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Donate online via CAF Donate

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

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

Gifts in Will for advice on how to leave a gift please email us.


Looking for funds? Find out how to apply for a grant

If you, your sailing club, recognised training centre or boating organisation feel that the Foundation could help fund or part-fund a worthwhile project please contact us. Scroll down to locate the grant guidelines and download the application form.

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 fully completed grant application.


Grant application form

Apply directly using this form

Grant guidelines

Before making an application please read our grant guidelines

Grant report

A condition of a grant is that beneficiaries submit a report within 12 months of a grant award. Details from the report may be added to our website to help promote your enterprise and our mission. Use this online form to make your report.

Interim grant report

When a full report cannot be provided within 12 months an interim report will be accepted. Use this online form.


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