The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the Eastport Yacht Club, is committed to preserving the maritime character of Annapolis and encouraging responsible interaction with the Chesapeake Bay. This is accomplished by supporting existing programs and new initiatives to achieve our mission.
~~When the foundation was founded in 2000, we provided support for Dawn Riley’s America True Youth Program and Family Build a Boat.
~~The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation established, launched and nurtured Box of Rain in memory of EYC member, Lee Griffin. We continue our strong community involvement in the now independent program though scholarships to the EYC Learn to Sail program and other opportunities.
~~For many years, before the founding of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, EYCF conducted the popular Oyster Kids environmental program in partnership with Chesapeake Bay Foundation for local elementary schools.
~~In 2012, EYCF worked with the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame and Anne Arundel County Public Schools to begin design of a new Science, Sailing and Boating initiative for 4th and 5th grade students in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. EYCF continues work on the STEM through Sailing & Boating program that will be available locally and statewide.
~~Partnerships have been forged with the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Annapolis Community Boating for programs that enhance the EYCF mission.
~~Need-based scholarships for EYC's Learn to Sail are provided annually by EYCF to community youngsters who would not otherwise have the opportunity to gain the confidence and self esteem that sailing provides.
~~The EYCF Marine & Maritime Scholarship Program, formerly know as MAST (MAritime Skills Training) program was initiated to enhance efforts to revitalize, restore and preserve and restore the vitality in marine trades and the maritime industry.
~~Through its Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair, its Outstanding Marine Wizard biennial awards, its annual Marine & Maritime Scholarships and its education outreach, EYCF seeks to raise awareness of the breadth of the maritime industry, increase career opportunity understanding, and provide assistance for those seeking maritime skills. To this end, EYCF has partnered with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), the Center for Applied Technology (CAT South), and local maritime businesses.
~~Outstanding Marine Wizards have been nominated by the boating public in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. The first Marine & Maritime Scholarship was given in 2010 and annual awards continue to be made.
The EYC Foundation will continue to use our resources to expand our outreach and enhance the awareness of our rich local maritime heritage by providing opportunities in boating, education and employment training.