Ships2Shores is committed to addressing the socioeconomic barriers associated with marine programming to encourage equitable access for all youth. The Ships2Shores Sailing Access Fund allows youth aged 12-30 who would otherwise not be able to participate to experience the adventure and wonder of sailing by covering some or all fees associated with participation in sail training programs. Ships2Shores promotes diversity and inclusion aboard participating vessels and encourages all eligible youth to apply, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Before filling out our application form, be sure to check out our partner sail training organizations and visit their websites by clicking on their images below to learn more about pricing, trip dates and all of the details you will need to fill out the application in its entirety. Go beyond just the trip fees and look at their videos and social media accounts as well to give you a sense of what the programs are like! We exclusively offer funding for these 5 partner organizations so be sure to be ready with your first, second and third choice of which organization you would like to sail with! We note that Écomaris is not available for selection as they have a specific application process. Please contact them directly if you would like to be part of their programming.
This application has four sections, 1. Applicant information 2. About you (written portion) 3. Financial Information 4. Reference. As we request a description of your financial situation and for a reference, please ask for your parent’s or a guardian’s help with this section if needed. However, please ensure the written portion is your original work and complete all sections to the best of your ability. If you are unsure of how to respond to a question, feel free to contact us using the contact form on our website