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 June 15, 2023. Awards will be announced by July 15, 2023.


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

  • Provide documentation of the grant’s use and impact including photos and/or video
  • 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,