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.

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.

Habitat Assessment

Marine Applied Research and Exploration (California) received $7,500 for follow up underwater habitat assessment ten years after fishing was banned near the Channel Islands.

Offshore Harnesses

Mystic Seaport Museum (Connecticut) received $1,600 for new harnesses and tethers for their offshore programs.

Derelict Gear Removal

Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation. (Washington) received $5,117 for derelict fishing gear removal

Nature Trust

Nova Scotia Nature Trust (Nova Scotia) received $10,000 toward purchasing the 100 Wild Islands off Nova Scotia. The grant is to be matched 100%.

Enabling Life Jackets

C. C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta (Rhode Island) received $7,625 for research and development of life jackets that better suit the needs of sailors with disabilities.

Oyster Education Program

Annapolis Maritime Museum (Maryland) received $3,000 for their Oyster Education Program that connects over 1,000 school children to the environment of Chesapeake Bay