Building on ten years of philanthropic work in ocean restoration, our friends at 11th Hour Racing have announced $1.92 million in grants, funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, to support 23 projects in Argentina, Dominican Republic, the U.K., and the U.S.



This round of grantees includes three organizations that are new to 11th Hour Racing: Azul (CA, U.S.), working with the Latinx community and leadership to protect our ocean and coastal communities; Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i (HI, U.S.), inspiring better consumer behaviors and coastal stewardship; and The Outlaw Ocean Project (DC, US), producing investigative stories about environmental and human rights issues occurring offshore around the world.

“The issues facing the ocean and coastal communities are connected to every part of our society, and this is reflected by the work of our new grantees focused on ocean conservation, investigative journalism, and coastal sustainability,” said Michelle Carnevale, grants program director and vice president of programming of 11th Hour Racing. “Since 2010, we have awarded 175 grants to a wide range of projects all over the world. New for 2021, we have dedicated a portion of our funding to organizations that are new to the grant program and led by people of color. This is due to the lack of diversity and equitable access to funding in ocean science and conservation globally.”

The grants, awarded on World Ocean Day (June 8), include these organizations:

Ocean Literacy & Stewardship 
• Chicago Maritime Arts Center (IL, U.S.)
• Community Boating Center in Providence (RI, U.S.)
• Community Boating Center New Bedford (MA, U.S.)
• Courageous Sailing (MA, U.S.)
• Hudson River Community Sailing (NY, U.S.)
• Mariposa DR Foundation (DR)
• newportFILM (RI, U.S.)
• Ocean Discovery Institute (CA, U.S.)
• Rocking the Boat (NY, U.S.)
• Sail Newport (RI, U.S.)
• SoundWaters (CT, U.S.)
• Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County (FL, U.S.)

Ecosystem Restoration
• Ocean Research & Conservation Association (FL, U.S.)

Clean Technologies & Best Practices
• Center for EcoTechnology (MA, U.S.)
• Clean Ocean Access (RI, U.S.)
• eXXpedition (UK)
• Final Straw Foundation (UK)
• Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island (RI, U.S.)
• Imagine H2O (CA, U.S.)
• Unplastify (AR)

Based in Newport, RI, 11th Hour Racing works to mobilize sailing, maritime and coastal communities with an innovative approach to inspire solutions for the ocean. Driven by a philosophy of “local solutions to global problems,” the organization connects international sailing teams with global events and utilizes these platforms to spotlight a broad portfolio of community grant projects. Learn more at ■