HOCR x Gold Cup Grant Fund

The Head Of The Charles & The Philadelphia Gold Cup Grant Fund

We believe sport can and should be a tool for change in society. The Head Of The Charles and The Gold Cup are partnering to help make our two regattas become voices for positive changes in the sport of rowing. We seek to become more reflective of the Boston and Philadelphia communities in which we reside. We want to champion our sports Black athletes, coaches, referees, and volunteers as we help create a more representative and inclusive future in the sport.

We know that the sport of rowing has been seen as exclusive and containing significant barriers to diversity and inclusion. To create long lasting change, we clearly need to start removing those barriers. With this partnership, we hope to begin the process of making ourselves more welcome and accessible. And, we are encouraging others within the rowing community to join us, both on the water and in our communities.

The Gold Cup and the Head Of The Charles are establishing a joint program to support rowing organizations that are committed to building and sustaining diversity and inclusion in our sport, with a particular emphasis on programs and communities that have been lacking support and resources.

This is an annual program with applications opening again next summer 2021. For your convenience we have created a page with frequently asked questions about the program and application process. Please read this page before starting your application for more information.

If you have any outstanding questions, please email us at GoldCupHOCRgrant@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HOCRxGC Grant Program?

This is an annual grant program that provides financial support to rowing programs that primarily support diversity and inclusion efforts in under-resourced communities. We believe programs that are actively committed to the long-term work of supporting youth (and their families and overall community) in under-resourced areas can help build skills that can be used both on and off the water.

What programs are eligible to apply for a grant?

  • Programs that provide competitive racing teams for under-resourced youth aged 19 and under
  • Ideally, these programs should also have ancillary programming that offers tutoring, mentorship, college guidance, and enrichment
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Committed to USRowing Safe Sport standards
  • Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts
  • Demonstrate efforts to recruit and sustain a diverse population of student-athletes, staff, and leadership

When do applications open? When do they close?

Applications for the 2020 season are now closed. Recipients will be notified of their acceptance in late September.

How do I apply?

The application will be posted on this page. When your application is complete, please send a final PDF copy to GoldCupHOCRgrant@gmail.com. We will confirm receipt of your email within two business days.

Who is reviewing the applications?

We have assembled a diverse grant review committee comprised mostly of BIPOC in the rowing community.

My club does not operate in the US. Can I apply for a grant?

At this time grants are only available to programs based in the US.

Can I apply more than once?

We are only able to accept one application per program. If you do not receive a grant this year, we encourage you to apply again when applications reopen.

How many grants will be awarded?

We anticipate awarding grants to between 4 – 10 programs in our first year. Each grant will range from $5k – $20k, depending on the needs of the individual programs as outlined in their application.

In addition to the funding, will grant recipients receive any other benefits?

Yes! Recipients will be assigned one member of the grant review committee who will check-in with program leadership at least monthly, or as much as necessary. Recipients will also have the opportunity to video conference international elite athletes for advice surrounding training, leadership, and general mentorship.


If you have any other questions, please let us know! Email us at GoldCupHOCRgrant@gmail.com.