FUNDING YOUR VOYAGE
The Morning Star Trust is committed to making sure that sailing is accessible to everyone and we heavily subsidise the costs of our voyages for young people through our fundraising. For example, a five-day voyage costs MST over £650 per person to run, but we only charge £300.
If you genuinely can't afford this subsidised voyage fee, then there are further bursary providers that might be able to help you. Please note that bursaries are normally means-tested, and that you are responsible for paying the difference between any awarded bursaries and the voyage fee.
The first thing to do is to contact us as we may know of additional funding you can access and will be able to advise you on what to do.
We recommend that you book and pay your deposit before applying for bursaries as most bursary providers expect you to show commitment. In extraordinary cases we are able to reserve voyage places without deposit, please contact us.
Once you have booked online and paid the deposit, you can apply to the following bursary providers if appropriate:
Support may be offered to young people who are 14 to 18 years old and would not usually be able to afford the voyage.
Support may be offered to young people who are 16 to 25 years old and would not usually be able to afford the voyage.
Support may be offered young people who are under 25 and have come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. in care, low income family, single parent family etc.)
Every year we fundraise to provide additional support to young people (15-25) sailing with us. We may be able to part fund your voyage with us if you are 25 or under and would struggle to pay for your voyage.
New bursary opportunities are regularly promoted on the Sail Training International "Sail on Board" Website.
Bursary providers typically expect participants to contribute to their voyage. Fundraising ideas and advice from the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) can be found here