Who can apply?

We only make grants to individual young people aged between 15 and 29 with a strong connection to the Isle of Wight; you will probably have been brought up and educated on the Island.  The Grants panel will look at the strength of the connection in considering any application.

We aim to provide financial help for those young people whose circumstances would otherwise not allow them to take up an opportunity in the maritime sector

What applications will qualify?

The grants panel will consider any application for financial assistance for you to take up an opportunity that will improve your ability to get a job/follow a career that has a maritime connection.

The Grants Panel might support:

·       a course

·       training

·       living or travel expenses while taking up an unpaid internship

·       apprenticeship

·       work experience

·       equipment

The Grants Panel will consider any application for support of your own project as long as it is within the objectives of the charity.

What applications will not qualify?

The RYS Foundation will not for example pay for:

·       items that are covered by the Student Loans Scheme

·       costs covered by your employer

·       items covered by any Government back to work schemes

How to apply?

We require each applicant to complete an application form which can be accessed here. The completed form should be sent to: applications@rysfoundation.org or by post to;

 RYS IOW Foundation, The Royal Yacht Squadron, The Parade, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7QT.

The application process

We will acknowledge receipt of your application and ask you for any further information that we require. Applications should be submitted at least 10 working days before each Grant Panel meeting, after which a shortlist will be drawn up for interview at the meeting. Once the interviews have taken place the Panel will select the applicants they wish to sponsor based on the extent to which they meet the RYS Foundation's criteria, aiming to sponsor as broad a spread of maritime careers as possible. We will not be able to support all eligible applications or all those interviewed so try and tell the Grants Panel why they should support you in particular.

Forthcoming Panel meetings will take place on:

Friday 25th January 2019

Monday 18th March 2019

Monday 3rd June 2019

Monday 19th August 2019

Monday 21st October 2019

You will be informed either by email or letter whether your application has been successful.

It may be possible for applications to be considered at short notice in exceptional circumstances. 

Fiancial Contribution

We usually expect applicants to make a financial contribution to their proposed training themselves, depending on the resources they have available to them. We will not usually fund courses with a start date less than three months ahead of application- this is so that we can be sure that sufficient planning, saving up and gaining relevant experience has been done.