The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) is thrilled to introduce a new grant program designed to provide financial support to non-profit organizations in the Maryland/Virginia region of the Chesapeake Bay who’s education activities align with our mission.

Grant Scope

Grants may range from $500 to $3,000 and be used to support a wide range of non-profit education activities. Past GCBSR funds have supported student scholarships, educational sails and their associated costs (such as food and transportation), implementation of existing educational programs and the development of new ones.

Special consideration will be given to non-profit organizations that promote diversity, equity and inclusion in maritime activities and industry and those that seek a continuing relationship with GCBSR in one of our host cities, Baltimore or Norfolk.

Application Process

Grant applications are due May 31, 2024. Awards will be announced by June 30, 2024.


At the conclusion of the funded program, grant recipients will:

  • Provide documentation of the grant’s use and impact in the form of two to five jpg- or png-format photos along with a photo caption, photographer credit, and photo date.
  • Recognize GCBSR sponsorship in the organization’s internal and external reports, print or digital publications and social media and provide evidence of that recognition.

Follow-up materials submitted by grant recipients may be used by GCBSR for internal and external reporting, print or digital publications and social media. Photos and videos that feature clearly identifiable people should be accompanied by evidence of consent, such as a signed release form.


If you are unsure about how to proceed or if your program is a good fit, please contact us,

Past Recipients


  • Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore, MD: $3,000 Supporting a three-day sail aboard the Skipjack Sigsbee for Baltimore City teenagers participating in the summer Young Mariners program, in which they learn to sail, learn about maritime history and careers, and develop soft job skills.
  • Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, Annapolis, MD: $3,000 Supporting the “Emerging Careers in the Maritime Arts & Sciences” program for students in the historically Black beachfront communities in Annapolis and Cambridge.This program integrates classroom activities with water’s edge and on-the-water activities such as meeting Black marine scientists conducting eDNA work, taking field trips to Black historical, cultural and environmental facilities, and learning about career opportunities.
  • Severn River Association, Annapolis, MD: $2,000 Supporting Operation Osprey in which middle school students will participate in an inventory of ospreys and osprey nest along the Severn River watershed.
  • Nauticus Foundation, Norfolk, VA: $2,000 Sponsoring two educational sails for Norfolk Public Schools middle school students.
  • Brendan Sailing, Washington, DC: $1,000 Supporting learn-to-sail programs for students ages 11-18 with learning differences.
  • Bluewater Baltimore, Baltimore, MD: $1,000 Supporting the “Raindrops to Rivers” ecoliteracy and engagement educational program.
  • 1781 Foundation, Williamsburg, VA: $500 Supporting tours for fourth graders of the Yorktown Tea Party Educational Experience,leading up to Yorktown Maritime Heritage Festival and Tea Party Reenactment.
  • Watermen’s Museum, Yorktown, VA: $500 Onsite boatbuilding education programs.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park $500 Skipjack Wilma Lee Push Boat restoration