Sailing for All Funding Application Due by January 15

Jan 3, 2024

Sail Canada has been on a journey of equity, diversity and inclusion over the past two years and has developed an action plan to support rolling this work out across our community. A priority within that work is to provide training and resources that will support clubs and community programs to create more welcoming and inclusive programs for underserved participants.

As part of this work, Sail Canada strives to support programs at the grassroots level. Thanks to Sport Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative Sail Canada has received funding to direct toward programs serving underserved or underrepresented participants in the sport of sailing.

Funding is available for the 2024 sailing season. Sail Canada aims to fund approved programs with an average funding amount expected to be up to a maximum of approximately $5000. Funding will be awarded based on meeting the eligibility and criteria below. Consideration will be given to supporting programs in different regions of Canada.

Eligibility & Criteria:

  • Open to all Sail Canada Member Clubs, Schools, Organizations and community partners delivering Sail Canada Programs (CANSail, Cruising/Keelboat) using:
    – Registered Sail Canada Instructors/Coaches;
    – The Sail Canada online platform (Checklick).
  • Programs must be delivered at very low or no cost to participants;
  • Programming must be delivered during the 2024 sailing season, in Canada;
  • Programs must target one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Racialized, 2SLFBTQQIA+, Low-Income, Persons with a Disability, Newcomers to Canada;
  • Funding may be used to reduce or eliminate registration fees, offset program delivery costs including daily expenses, Instructor/Coach salaries, equipment (use of boats, safety equipment, PFD’s; not for purchase of boats), fuel, teaching supports (books, teaching aids, etc..);
  • One or more individuals involved with the management and delivery of the program will take part in Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity training delivered virtually by Sail Canada (program director, instructors, volunteers, etc…).

Application deadline for this initiative is January 15th, 2024.

Questions can be directed to Samara Crothers (

Fill the online application form now.

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