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 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!

Challenge Wales Bursary:
If you are based in the UK  and aged 12 – 25 years then you can apply for a Challenge Wales bursary to cover up to 50% of your voyage costs depending on availability. Anyone receiving bursary funding is required to write a voyage report after the trip to be submitted to the funder and is often part of the funding requirements.
If you only need some of the bursary  and not all of it (so you need help paying anything between 1 and 50% of the cost)  then you can ‘pay what you can afford’ towards the voyage with the bursary covering the balance.

If you need more than a 50% bursary, then it is likely that 2 or more funders may help you get onboard. Check out the details below.

Other bursary funds who might be able to help:

St James’s Foundation Charitable Trust – Is providing funding to enable young people to jump onboard our Open Access Boat Camps in March and April. Reducing the cost for our 1st April boat camp to £25 and our March residential to £45. Please Check out our Open Access Boat Camp voyages here for more details.

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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 – £400. Read more about applying. 

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Autistic Young People / Young People with Cystic Fibrosis (aged 14 – 25 years)
Funding is available in 2022 to part fund or fully fund a voyage with Challenge Wales thanks to the Joseph Levy Foundation. Voyages range from 1 day to 5 days. The voyage will help you develop your social skills, enable you to meet new people and friends and learn teamwork skills while having lots of fun on an adventure at sea. If you are a young person, a parent/guardian,  a group leader / youth worker  or health professional working with autistic young people or young people with Cystic Fibrosis then please get in touch  to find out more. The fund has now closed and we don’t believe it will reopen for 2024.

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Royal Thames Yacht Club Charitable Trust – Can provide funding for UK residents, aged 12 – 21 years who need financial assistance to undertake a sail training voyage and are severely disadvantaged financially. The Trust are particularly interested in supporting young people who are young carers, are in care, from lone parent families and/or are suffering financial hardship.  Challenge Wales needs to write and submit the application on your behalf so please get in touch with Challenge Wales office as soon as you can to talk about this funding. They have often provided funding for individuals ranging from £150 – £300.

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Sultan of Oman Bursary – This funding was available in 2023 but won’t be available in 2024.

Are there any other bursaries I might be eligible for?

If you are a youth group working with disadvantaged young people, then we might have funding available to fund between 50 – 90% 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 adventures.

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.