At 11th Hour Racing, we engage natural advocates for the health of our oceans and waterways: the sailing community and the maritime industries, each of which rely on our waters intimately for their livelihood and recreation. Our vision for the future is one where the oceans are cleaner and healthier because sailors and coastal communities are strong ocean stewards helping to improve and protect our oceans, and sustainable practices and technology are widely utilized throughout sailing and maritime industries ranging from increased use of renewable energy, a reduction of waste and plastics going into both landfills and into the ocean, and improved water quality nearshore and offshore.
11th Hour Racing seeks to advance innovative projects that improve the health of our oceans and address the dynamic environmental challenges facing the sailing and marine communities. We seek proposals that align with 11th Hour Racing’s program strategy to advance one or more of our program’s focus areas:
Examples of potential projects include but are not limited to:
Reducing Ocean Pollution: Innovative efforts that foster stakeholder engagement around reducing ocean pollution, showcase a new approach to addressing coastal pollution, or increase action within communities. Does not include: community beach clean ups, stormwater education, or agricultural runoff.
Advancing Clean Technologies & Best Practices: Efforts that advance emerging methods, equipment, and/or technologies that reduce the environmental footprint of the sailing-related activities; environmentally responsible vessel disposal methods or construction materials; sailmaking material alternatives or processes; alternative hull paints; or academic research that informs or advances initiatives that reduce the environmental footprint of the sailing and marine communities. Does not include: policy development; proven technologies (i.e. conventional solar photovoltaic), advertising.
Ocean Stewardship: Outreach and educational initiatives for sailors of any age focused on improving knowledge of ocean health issues and best practices. Target audiences may include: professional or amateur sailors, maritime industry members, or waterfront communities. Emphasis will be given to projects focused on innovative communication campaigns, citizen science, and new methods of engagement. Does not include: curriculum development; or general funding for educational programming.
Project submissions are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Strong consideration will be given to: projects that involve collaborations and stakeholder engagement; model best practices; can demonstrate measurable outcomes in a one-year timeframe; and share successes broadly. For anything we fund, and especially demonstration projects or place-based work, we would like to see opportunities for broader impact through replicating or scaling.
We will prioritize projects led by 501c3 organizations but other types of entities may apply as long as the proposed project addresses one or more of 11th Hour Racing’s strategic goals outlined above. 11th Hour Racing awards grants in the U.S. and globally, therefore international organizations are welcome to apply.
Projects seeking funding for political advocacy, lobbying, litigation, fundraising, or legally mandated mitigation projects are not eligible.
Current grants are 1 year in length, we generally do not offer multi-year grants.
Typical grant awards range from $10,000- $100,000, with an average grant size being $25,000.
Our grant funding must be tied to a specific project, with measurable outcomes. We currently do not offer general funding grants.