11th Hour Racing announces $1.13 million for 8 nonprofits

11TH HOUR RACING has granted eight nonprofits a combined $1.13 million.
11TH HOUR RACING has granted eight nonprofits a combined $1.13 million.

NEWPORT – 11th Hour Racing has awarded eight nonprofits $1.13 million in grants, the organization announced Monday.

The organization, which develops strategic partnerships in the maritime and sailing industry to promote and create healthier oceans, said that this round of grants ranged from $30,000 to $300,000, but declined to provide specific grant amounts.

“We are thrilled to announce this round of grants, which includes ambitious projects from longtime recipients alongside new grantees with dynamic goals,” said Michelle Carnevale, program manager, 11th Hour Racing, in a statement. “We believe in the value of fostering innovation and leadership while engaging local communities on global issues. Last year 565,000 people were educated by our grantees, and we will continue to support diverse organizations working toward the common goal of restoring ocean health.”

The eight grantees span the United States and the United Kingdom, but include two Rhode Island-based nonprofits:

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  • Clean Ocean Access: Newport – to support the Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas Rhode Island project – a collaboration to set up best composting practices for businesses, residential buildings and individuals
  • Sail Newport: Newport – to support the nonprofit’s Pell Elementary School Sailing Program, including staffing, sailing instructors, teaching supplies and transportation for students
  • eXXpedition – U.K. – to support the Round-The-World 2019-2021 all-woman sailing voyage
  • Final Straw Solent – U.K. – to support efforts to generate consumer demand to push businesses, industry and schools to eliminate the use of single-use plastics; the effort also include business empowerment
  • Hudson River Community Sailing – New York – to launch a second Sail Academy for middle school students in Northern Manhattan, New York City.
  • Ocean Conservancy – Washington, D.C. – to support the nonpofit’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative to remove roughly 5,000 pounds of derelict fishing gear from the Gulf of Maine
  • The Ocean Foundation – Puerto Rico – to support the nonprofit’s Seagrass Grow program, which will attempt to offset the footprint of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race campaign
  • World Sailing Trust – U.K. – to fund two new projects focusing on environmental sustainability training for younger sailors and reducing the environmental impact of sailing clubs

11th Hour also said in its announcement that submissions for its next round of grants are due by March 1.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.

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