Capital equipment grants of between £500 and £4,000 are available to UK organisations affiliated to British Rowing to purchase equipment and refurbish boats so that young people and people with a disability can participate in rowing. 

o Application deadlineMONDAY 20th MAY 2024 at 12 noon (midday) for capital Equipment Grants. .Applications for Boat Refurbishments may be made at any time via a separate application process.
o FunderThe Rowing Foundation (founded 1980. Charity number 281688. Total charitable expenditure for the year ended 31 December 2022: £74,291 (2021: £68,412)).
Who can apply: UK organisations, clubs and schools involved in water elements of the sport of rowing who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body) and whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funding.
o Key wordsSport, Rowing, Children and Young People, Disabled/People with a Disability, Sea Cadets, United Kingdom.

The Rowing Foundation generates and administers funds to support participation in water sports – especially rowing – by young people, particularly those under 18 or under 23 (if still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages by giving grants to enable clubs to adapt existing or purchase new equipment such as boats and oars/sculls.

Capital grants of between £500 and £4,000 are available to UK organisations affiliated to British Rowing to purchase equipment such as boats, sculls, oars and essential safety equipment.

The following grants are available:

1. Capital Equipment Grants of between £500 and £4,000 for up to 50% of the overall project costs. Capital Equipment Grants have deadlines in February, May and October annually.
Boat Refurbishment Grants of up to £3,000 for up to 50% of the costs of refurbishments of boats used by juniors. Applications for Boat Refurbishment Grants should be made by junior rowers on behalf of their club and with the approval of the club committee. Please note that applications for Boat Refurbishment Grants may be made at any time; and

Applicants should note that there is a matched funding requirement for Rowing Foundation grants. Applicants are expected to have sought and secured at least 50% of the total cost of their project from other sources.

Details of all grants awarded over the last two years can be found on pages 12-14 of the Foundation’s annual accounts.

Funding is not available for:

o Coaching.
o Contribution to general funds.
o Groups in receipt of capital grants who have received a Foundation grant within the last three years.
o Individuals.
o Purposes which may be considered elite.
o Revenue.

o Sailing, or
o Swimming.

There are separate application processes for Boat Refurbishment Grants and Capital Equipment Grants.

Requests for Boat Refurbishment Grants many me made at any time and are reviewed on a monthly basis. Requests should be submitted as a handwritten letter from a junior rower who has been through the J14 category. Applications should reflect their passion for the sport and the need to get their boats refurbished and must be accompanied by a signed letter from the club chairman, secretary, treasurer or other appropriately authorised officer itemising the boats that need to be refurbished and confirming that the submission has the approval of the committee and that the funds required to be met by the club are already available.

Applications for a Capital Equipment Grant should be made by midday on Monday 20th May 2024. There is likely to one further application round in 2024. This will probably be in October. 

Further information, guidance and an online application form for Capital Equipment Grants can be found on the Foundation’s website.