You may be able to get help funding your trip
There are a number of ways that you may be able to get some funds to help you pay for your trip.
CHRIS ELLIS AWARD
If you have already done a voyage with us, enjoyed it and want to come again, you can enter the Chris Ellis Award – there’s an annual prize of up to £200 off the cost of another voyage for the best diary, logbook, story or picture from someone who has done a voyage with us.
Age limit 12-25.
Deadline is Christmas each year.
OTHER BURSARIES AND FUNDING
- James Myatt Trust: The James Myatt Trust is a charitable organisation that helps fund voyages for those that would otherwise be unable to afford their berth.
- Royal Thames Yacht Club charitable trust: The Royal Thames Yacht Club funds a number of voyages each year for those who cannot afford it.
- Sail Training International Sultanate of Oman Bursary Scheme: Sail Training International has a bursary scheme for those who are interested in participating in the tall ships races and can’t otherwise afford it.
OYT SOUTH BURSARIES
Ocean Youth Trust South itself also has a limited amount of bursary funding available to help people aged 12-25 who cannot afford our full voyage prices.
For more details on all of these funding options, see the main Ocean Youth Trust South website.
How do I collect all the money?
However you have decided to raise money, however vast the amounts you have been sponsored, one thing is for sure; you’re going to need to collect it.
If you are selling items you have made, keep the money you are given together and think about paying it into a bank account so that it’s safe. Don’t forget to keep a good record of exactly how much you have made. If you are working as a group, think about asking a group leader or teacher to take care of the money for you.
If you have decided to do a sponsored event, the way you collect your sponsorship money will depend on whether you want it to go straight to the charity, or to go into your sailing fund if you are trying to raise money to join an OYT South voyage.
RAISING MONEY TO PAY FOR A VOYAGE
If you are raising money to help fund your trip with OYT South, you’ll need to get people to sponsor you and then give you or your group leader the money directly.
Use paper sponsorship forms and get people to give you their details and how much they are sponsoring you. We have blank sponsorship forms on the site here but you’ll need to add in the details of your event and make some changes – for some events people will sponsor you to complete a challenge, for others, they might sponsor you a certain amount for every length you swim or day you wear your wellies.
Make sure your sponsorship form makes it clear how you would like to be sponsored.
I NEED SPONSORSHIP FORMS
RAISING MONEY DONATE TO THE CHARITY
If you are raising money to support the work of Ocean Youth Trust South, you can use online sponsorship sites to create a page for your event.
Websites like Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving let you make a page and then they manage collecting the money and making sure it gets safely to OYT South.