HOCR x Gold Cup Grant Fund

Application Process

Applications for 2022 are now available!  Please read below for information and to apply

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

  • Overview & Applicant Eligibility

    The Head Of The Charles & The Gold Cup Grant Program provides financial support to rowing programs that serve under-resourced communities within the United States and help support their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We believe programs that are actively committed to the long- term work of supporting youth (and their families and overall communities) in under-resourced areas will help build skills that can be used both on and off the water.

    Our 3rd grant cycle will be for a 2-year period. We will be awarding funds to 5 programs for $20,000 each in year 1 and another $20,000 in year 2.

    What programs are eligible to apply for this grant?

    • Programs that provide competitive racing teams for under-resourced youth aged 19 and under
    • Priority will be given to programs that also provide programming such as tutoring, mentorship, college guidance, and enrichment
    • Programs that 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 leaders ​​​​

    What are under-resourced communities? How do you define “at-risk” youth?

    Under-resourced communities lack resources in leadership, physical assets, financial resources, power, political will, institutions, community cohesion, and services. As a result of insufficient resources, youth often time may be considered “at-risk” if they are:

    • Homeless or transient
    • Involved with drugs and/or alcohol
    • Abused sexually, physically and/or emotionally
    • Experiencing mental illness
    • Living in stressful family environments
    • Lacking support materially or emotionally or both
  • Application Process and Timeline

    The Gold Cup and The Head Of The Charles will accept grant applications through an online portal linked below. You can click HERE  to preview and download the application questions.

    We recognize that online grant applications may not allow every applicant to best demonstrate how their program is advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you feel that is the case, please reach out to us at GoldCupHOCRGrant@gmail.com to discuss how we can best accommodate your application.


    • Applications are accepted through September 9, 2022 (11:59 EDT)
    • The Grants Committee will review applications as they arrive so that they can follow up with questions as needed
    • The committee will notify the highest rated applications by late September/early October
    • Those applications will be asked to participate in a 30 minute online conversation with members of the Grants Committee in the subsequent weeks
    • Final selections will be made before November 15, 2022

    *Our Grants Committee is comprised of volunteers. We work incredibly hard to stick to these deadlines once we receive applications but ask for your patience as we manage many priorities.

    Ready to start your application? Click HERE  to get started!


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Who is reviewing the applications?
    A: We have assembled a diverse grant review committee comprised of mostly BIPOC in the rowing community.

    Q: My club does not operate in the US. Can I apply for a grant?
    A: At this time, grants are only available to programs based in the United States.

    Q: Can I apply more than once?
    A: We are only able to accept one application per program. If you do not receive a grant this year, we encourage you to apply when applications reopen.

    Q: How many grants will be awarded?
    A: New in 2022, we anticipate awarding grants to 5 programs. This is a 2-year cycle where these programs will receive a total of $40,000 ($20,000 in year 1 and $20,000 in year 2).

    Q: In addition to the funding, will grant recipients receive any other benefits?
    A: Yes! There will be individual check-ins in addition to cohort meetings.