Ocean Literacy and Stewardship

OUR FOCUS AREAS #fortheocean

We believe in the power of ocean literacy and stewardship to change how humanity sees the ocean. We support opportunities for students and adults to personally experience their local waterways or gain a new perspective of the sea through powerful storytelling. Our goal is to shift how we treat the ocean – from a resource we exploit to a respected, essential ecosystem.

Our grant giving program includes outreach and education initiatives for any age group focused on improving our knowledge and treatment of the ocean. We prioritize youth-led initiatives, citizen science, and experiential education. We are interested in supporting programs specializing in increased stewardship, access, and ocean literacy within historically under-resourced communities. We support a limited amount of ocean-focused investigative journalism and storytelling. We do not support curriculum development or general funding for educational programming.

Stories of ocean literacy & stewardship

11th Hour Racing Provides Support to Nonprofit Organizations in Coastal Communities

Initiatives advance equitable youth education opportunities, composting, and ecosystem restoration 11th Hour Racing announced its support of nine new U.S.…

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11th Hour Racing Renews Grants with 25 Nonprofit Organizations #fortheocean

Reinforcing its mission to support local programs that model best practices of sustainability, restore coastal ecosystems, and advance ocean stewardship,…

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Polynesian Voyaging Society Sets Off on a Four Year Pacific Voyage #fortheocean

The Hōkūleʻa Crew has arrived in Juneau, Alaska, for the Global Launch of Moananuiākea Voyage, a ceremony to bless and…

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Hudson River Community Sailing’s Sail Academy provides year-round youth development, academic enrichment, and leadership education through sailing and boatbuilding in New York City, N.Y. Photo credit: Leigh Beckett

How Ocean Literacy Provides Opportunities for Unique Career Paths

Do you remember your first connection to the water? Perhaps it was a family trip to the beach, a friend’s…

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#InvestingInOurPlanet Means Investing in People

Sailors. Students. Sports fans.  At 11th Hour Racing, we’re joining our communities to raise our voices for the Earth this…

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11th Hour Racing Awards 23 Grants Totaling $1.92 Million on World Ocean Day

Funding for new grantees focused on ocean conservation, investigative journalism, and coastal sustainability Building on 10 years of philanthropic work…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Meet three incredible female leaders at the crossroads of sport and science March 8th marks International Women’s Day! Today we’re…

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11th Hour Racing grantee Billion Oyster Project will expand its oyster hatchery operations and, with partners, begin restoring eight acres of oyster reef habitat throughout NYC, while engaging students in STEM education on oyster monitoring and water quality testing. Credit: Steven DeWitt | Witness Tree Media

11th Hour Racing Awards 12 New Grants to Address Environmental Challenges of Coastal Communities

Driven by its mission to inspire solutions for the ocean, 11th Hour Racing announced today 12 new grants to address…

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Amir and Urvi, former students and now Instructors-in-Training at Courageous Sailing, share their passion for the program and how it has impacted their lives.

Listening to our community: Courageous Sailing

11th Hour Racing fosters systemic change to restore ocean health — our vision for the future includes cleaner, healthier waterways…

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