Applications for Legacy Project

On 8 th October 2021 the Trustees of the John Merricks Sailing Trust announced their intention to dissolve the charity, and apply its remaining funds to a purpose that will continue to honour the memory of Olympic dinghy sailor John Merricks, who died at a tragically young age in a car crash in October 1997.   The charity’s residual funds (approximately £200k) will be gifted to one or more organisations that can provide a lasting legacy that will respect the Trust’s purpose to help young people under the age of 25 to achieve their potential through the sport of sailing.

In view of this decision, the Trustees are unable to accept any further applications from individuals for personal grants.

The Trustees are inviting applications from sailing organisations and other smaller charities that can accept their donation and provide a legacy in John’s name that will last for at least 10 years.   We see this as an opportunity to develop exciting and innovative ideas that can unlock more of the untapped potential among the nation’s young sailors. We expect the successful initiative will be based predominantly on sailing dinghies and windsurfing. However, we welcome all proposals that fit the objectives of the Trust.

Organisations who wish to apply should e-mail: by 30 November 2021 to register their interest and outline their intentions.
Please see below document for guidance on submitting an Expression of Interest. 

How to Apply

The Trustees will invite a maximum of six projects to submit a formal application using the below format. 

Application Format

Name of Organisation and Contact Details of Responsible Person

Details of the proposed Legacy Project/Programme/Facility and the timescale to initiate it

Details of how the Legacy Project will respect the Objectives of the John Merricks Sailing Trust
The objectives of the Trust are to advance the education and physical and mental development of young people in need, in the United Kingdom, (under the age of 25 years) with a view to promoting the achievement of their potential through the sport of sailing.

Details of the expected impact the Legacy Project will have over its lifetime (please provide measurable Key Performance Indicators)

Details of all budgeted Costs to (i) Initiate and (ii) Sustain the Legacy Project

Details of how the Legacy Project will be managed and sustained throughout its 10 year lifetime

Details of financial, or other, contributions that as an Organisation you can make to the Legacy Project 

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