The Bonnell Cove Foundation

Associated with the Cruising Club of America and anchored by a donation of land on Block Island by George P.P. Bonnell, charter member and former Commodore of CCA, the Foundation supports innovation, environment, and safety with modest grants directly to active organizations. Contributions from CCA members and other supporters help keep the fund healthy and active.

In recent years the Bonnell Cove Foundation has funded essential elements of school and museum youth programs, environmental research, habitat restoration, medical research, search and rescue products, overboard rescue techniques and boating education. For a summary of grants made to date in 2015 go to Projects.

The Bonnell Cove Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust


Nova Scotia Nature Trust received $10,000 to create a comprehensive management plan for the 100 Wild Islands to allow for community outreach and critical education for visitors to the maritime wilderness.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust


Maine Coast Heritage Trust received $5,000 for the conserve and stewardship of their 121-acre coastal habitat preserve which covers the southern quarter of Stave Island affording visitors the opportunity to hike and camp with views of Frenchman’s Bay.

Hudson River Community Sailing


Hudson River Community Sailing received $5,000 for the Ocean Literacy Program that develops environmental stewardship in New York City high school students specifically to launch the Hudson Estuary Litter Prevention marine debris program

Friends of Casco Bay


Friends of Casco Bay received $7,500 for the Citizen Science Initiative to recruit and train volunteer boaters as citizen scientists to establish a baseline of biological indicators of environmental health.   

Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Chesapeake Bay Foundation received $5,000 for safety repairs to their skipjack Stanley Norman which they use for educational programs for school classes.

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Call of the Sea


Call of the Sea (San Francisco) received $5,541 for a new 16-person life raft allowing more participants aboard their schooner Seaward

Research Database


Gulf of Maine Research Institute (Maine) received $5,000 toward a matching grant to set up a database to coordinate sources of environmental research.

Less Litter


Hudson River Community Sailing (New York) received $5,000 for their Hudson Estuary Litter Prevention. City students witness the consequences of plastic and debris in the water. They present what they learn to wider circles of students.

Lifesaving Manual


Hull Lifesaving Museum (Massachusetts) received $3,000 to revise and distribute a safety manual that can be used by other boating groups.

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