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The Ocean Fund
The Ocean Fund

 
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, established the Ocean Fund in 1996 to support marine conservation organisations in preserving the world's oceans. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimise the impact of human activity on this environment and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life.


Ocean Fund grants are made annually to a variety of non-profit groups and institutions conducting activities directly related to marine conservation. These activities cover ocean science and conservation projects that relate to climate change, key marine species, technology and the targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities. Over USD 9 million has been awarded to organisations since the fund's inception.

Annual grants usually average between USD 25,000 and USD 50,000. Grants are made for one calendar year only.

Letters of interest and formal proposals are requested by RCL invitation only.

Previous Ocean Fund Grant Announcements 

APPLYING FOR AN OCEAN FUND GRANT 

The Process 

The Ocean Fund Award selection process is by invitation only.

Ongoing:
Enquiry emails may be sent to OceanFund@rccl.com with a short description of your organisation's history, mission, programmes and a link to your website within the body of the email (attachments will not be reviewed).

March - May 2009: 
Invitations to submit an initial letter of interest will be sent to selected organisations between 1 March and 30 April. Letters of interest are due by 30 May and must include the project's objectives in the areas of climate change, key marine species, technology and/or the targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities as applicable, and the long-term conservation impact.
 
May - June 2009:
Letters of Interest are reviewed and prioritised based on their long-term conservation impact and focus within the following categories: climate change, key marine species, technology and the targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities. A committee of experts will be assembled to review the letters of interest and establish the request for proposal nominee list.

A request for proposals and an Ocean Fund Grant Template will be emailed to all nominated organisations, based on the committee's recommendations by 30 June 2009.

July – 15 September 2009:
Complete Ocean Fund Grant proposals (using the template provided) are due by 15 September 2009, 6:00 PM EST. Should you have any questions, please review our FAQ section (coming soon), if you still need assistance please contact us at OceanFund@rccl.com.

December 2009:
A committee of marine conservation experts and cruise line executives will meet to evaluate the proposals.

January 2010: 
Grant notification letters are sent to all applicants.

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