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.

Some applications for bursary funding are open year-round, while others there is a short window and some have a deadline (which can change depending on suitability of applicants). So, if you are interested in applying for bursary funding we always encourage you to get in touch and let us know which bursary fund you are interested in.
Please note bursaries below can be mix and matched in some cases

TO APPLY PLEASE EMAIL THE CHALLENGE WALES OFFICE THE VOYAGE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART IN AND WHICH BURSARY FUNDING YOU ARE WANTING TO APPLY FOR. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THEN YOU CAN CONTACT US AND TELL US WHERE YOU LIVE AND WE CAN CONFIRM WHICH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE – EASY!

If you are based in England, Scotland or Ireland then you can apply for a 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 2018.

If you are based in Wales then you can apply for a bursary to cover 50% of your costs depending on availability. But sometimes we can provide more than this when young people need an extra helping hand.

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 2 (join in Stavanger, Norway, on 28th July and race to Harlingen, Netherlands, and depart 5th August) OR the homeward bound voyage (join in Harlingen, Netherlands on 5th August and depart in Gosport (UK) on 11th August) Suitable for those aged 16 – 25 years. Also includes a £50 travel bursary.. Download a nomination form here 
Deadline for nominations: This fund is open until it has been utilised or until the 5th August whichever is earliest.

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 assistance to undertake a sail training voyage. 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. This fund is now closed until 2019.

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 (28th August – 1st September) and will cover all of the voyage costs except £25. Contact Challenge Wales for further details and an application form.

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.

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.