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The OCC Charitable Trust is fully operational

by Daria Blackwell 25 May 06:09 UTC
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Introducing the Trust- who we are, what we do, how you can contribute, and how we can help you.

The Ocean Cruising Club Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It was set up in 2020 primarily to promote the following aims:

  • To advance the education of the Public in the knowledge and practice of sailing seamanship, marine pilotage and navigation with the aim of improving safety at sea
  • To promote community participation, through financial support in healthy recreation and provide opportunities for access to and participation in sailing, sail training and instruction with an emphasis on areas where facilities and opportunities may be less developed
  • To promote for the benefit of the public, the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment

Trustee David Ball explains, "For years, members of the OCC who share a bond with distance sailors and have a deep appreciation for the Club and its members, have asked to donate to the Club to support charitable ventures that promote life at sea. To provide a transparent means for members to contribute, we have taken steps to formalise the process and enable charitable giving. With your support we hope to be able to achieve our aims and any gift you are able to make will be most gratefully received."

Donations or gifts

As a registered charity, members and non-members alike can make donations to the OCC charity during their lifetimes or as a part of their estate planning. These donations may create a potential tax savings depending on each donor's individual tax situation.

If you are a UK taxpayer, where possible, please use Gift Aid. Donating through Gift Aid means the charity can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.

Applying for a grant

The OCC Charitable Trust will consider applications that satisfy any of the four criteria mentioned above. Include in your submission the project's objective, timeline, budget, and logistics and submit via email to .

Applications can be submitted any time, but the grant program has limited funds available annually, so applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

A grant recipient may be called upon to provide deliverables such as occasional reports, photography/video, slideshows, articles, media, or participate in OCC-led lectures and community outreach.

Send applications for grants and donation of grants/gifts to:

The Trustees
Ocean Cruising Club Charitable Trust
4 Vicarage Hill,
Dartmouth TQ6 9EW


This article has been provided by the courtesy of Ocean Cruising Club.

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