Everyone should have the opportunity to have an adventure, to develop themselves, to experience new places and meet new people. As a result Challenge Wales | Wales’ Tall Ship offers bursary funding for those who may need extra financial support to jump onboard. We always want young people to raise some of their voyage fees themselves, no matter how small, but if you need some additional help then tapping into our bursary fund is a great option.
Bursary funding is created through trusts giving us funding, donations, the Challenge Wales membership scheme and our own fundraising. Sometimes additional bursary funding is available for particular voyages.
The Challenge Wales bursary fund is currently available for both groups and individuals who are aged under 26 years on the first day of their voyage.
We are not here to provide bursary funding so that people can just have a ‘free’ voyage. One person in the Challenge Wales office works hard to find bursary funding for individuals and groups and it must be realised that when joining a voyage the participants are expected to take part in all activities onboard…..otherwise the boat won’t sail! For some this can be a challenge in itself but our volunteer crew are here to guide you.
If you are based in the UK or Southern Ireland then you can apply for a Challenge Wales bursary to cover up to 50% of your costs depending on availability. However, it can sometimes be much more than this and there are a couple of trusts supporting young people wanting to do Tall Ships Racing onboard Challenge Wales in 2019.
Other bursary funds who might be able to help:
CF Postcode Area – Nominate yourself or someone else for a fully funded place onboard Challenge Wales for either the Tall Ships Race or the homeward bound leg. Suitable for those aged 16 – 25 years.
Deadline for nominations: This fund opened in April 2018 and is now closed.
James Myatt Trust – If you are aged 16 – 25 years, and your voyage ranges from 2 – 14 days then this Trust may be able to help you as they have done for other young trainees jumping onboard Challenge Wales. In the past the James Myatt Trust has provided funding for individuals ranging from £150 – £350. Read more about applying.
Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust – Will provide funding for UK residents who need financial assistance to undertake a sail training voyage and are disadvantaged financially. Challenge Wales need to submit the application on your behalf. They have often provided funding for individuals ranging from £150 – £300.
Sultan of Oman Bursary – If you are aged 16 – 25 years, and HAVEN’T taken part in a Tall Ships Race before then you could be eligible to apply to this funder. Individuals applying in the past to sail on Challenge Wales have received funding. This fund is suitable for UK and Overseas participants sailing on Challenge Wales or Adventure Wales. However, we’ve found this is often ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. Bursaries of €500 are available. This fund is now open and you can find out further details and apply here
The Colin Laidlaw Sea Life Sail It Voyage – Interested young people need to reserve a berth and then apply for a place. This funding is for a specific voyage (27th – 31st August 2019) and will cover all of the voyage costs except £35. Contact Challenge Wales for further details. This fund is now closed but is expected to reopen in March 2019.
Young Carers in Wales (14 -18 year olds) – Funding is available for fully funded voyages with young carer groups in Wales through Children in Need. This fund is open. If you are a group leader or working with Young Carers then please get in touch. Funding available from 2018 – 2020.
Sometimes there are additional funds available to help anyone from the UK and Ireland to jump aboard.
I am based outside the UK
You might be able to get a bursary for your voyage if you are taking part in Tall Ships Races. If you live in a host port area or the country which has a host port, you might be eligible for a host port bursary which is administered by Sail Training International.
Are there any other bursaries I might be eligible for?
If you are taking part in the Tall Ships Races then you can apply for additional bursary funding. This is often on a first come first serve basis and based on need.
If you are a youth group working with disadvantaged young people, then we might have funding available to fund between 50 – 100% of your voyage costs.
If you are aged 16 – 25 years and looking for an adventure, but not part of a group then there is also bursary funding available and you will be able to join us on some of our residential adventure’s.
Please think if you need bursary funding before applying, if you don’t need as much bursary funding then please let us know so that we can help someone else get onboard. If you receive any bursary funding you will be required to write a voyage report within 3 weeks of your voyage end date, other conditions may apply depending on where the funding has come from.