The George Pocock Rowing Foundation is forever helping change the way kids find, start, and stay rowing.

We understand that rowing has the power to transform and change lives, but not enough youth find their way to the sport.

The George Pocock Rowing Foundation is working to forever help change the way kids find, start, and stay rowing. Our mission is to inspire and lead the sport of rowing to become more accessible and inclusive until it reflects diversity present in each of the communities where rowing facilities are located. We strive to not only create  opportunities for a broader group of youth to access the sport, but to also ensure that the rowing culture that awaits them at the boathouse is inclusive, innovative, and intentionally created to make the greatest positive impact on every individual who walks through the boathouse door.


The GPRF recognizes that many rowing organizations are inclined to make positive changes that lead to greater inclusivity and access, however they could also benefit from both direction and financial support to engage more deeply and have a greater impact.  This grant program is designed to support these organizations by bringing us together and helping change the way youth find, start, and stay rowing within our communities. 


The George Pocock Rowing Foundation's grant program is designed to support organizations by helping them change the way youth find, start, and stay rowing within their community.


Erg Ed Grant

Bring Erg Ed - Rowing in Schools, to your School District and community 

Erg Ed Sustainability Grant

Help sustain the Erg Ed program within your district year after year 

Erg Ed Nation

a) Providing Teachers an opportunity to learn how to row on the water

b) Creating programs and events for youth along the path from the classroom to boathouse 

GPRF Boathouse Partnerships

Join the GPRF partner boathouse cohort

Pocock Perkin Grant

Building scholarship capacity for GPRF partner boathouses

Boathouse Partner Grants

a) Student Support​ and Scholarships - putting kids on the water


b) Coaching Education and Support - investing in our coaches 

GPRF Board Special Projects​



Create awareness that the sport of rowing is an option and invite youth from non-traditional rowing communities to participate

Erg Ed - Rowing IN Schools Grant:

This is an opportunity to bring the Erg Ed Program to your school district's Physical Education department! The Erg Ed curriculum introduces rowing to students in Physical Education classes with a nationally aligned and recognized PE unit that can be adapted for all middle and high school PE situations. The program includes high quality teacher resources, lesson plans, support videos, cross-curricular opportunities, Erg Ed Nation events and more, as well as in-person teacher training that will empower teachers to present this valuable and engaging unit to their students.

  • Grant value: $10,000 - $30,000

  • Grant timeline: Opens Jan 2021, Due May 2021 for fall 2021/2022 launch

  • Number of grants awarded: Up to four per school year

  • Who is eligible: Any public school district or youth focused community group.

    • USRowing Erg Ed Grant - Eligibility is for anyone located within the USA.

    • PNW Erg Ed Grant - Eligibility is limited to those located within the Pacific Northwest. 

Erg Ed Sustainability Grant

We push to create real and positive change in the communities we work in, but we realize that change can take time. If your community currently offers Erg Ed in your schools, this funding is designed so you can keep the program running and create opportunities for your students to move from the classroom to the boathouse. Funds can be used to help cover the costs of logistics incurred directly from Erg Ed (ie, moving truck rentals, equipment maintenance and repair, etc), or can also help cover the costs of opportunities designed to help bridge the gap between the Erg Ed program in schools and the boathouse (ie field trips, Erg Ed Games, after school rowing clubs, etc)

  • Grant Value: up to $1000 per Erg Ed location per program year *must offer the Erg Ed program

  • Grant applications due: Two times per year - December 31st and June 30th

  • Number of grants awarded: Total of $10,000 per calendar year, across all Erg Ed sites

  • Who is eligible: Existing Erg Ed locations


Help youth overcome barriers to participation in the sport of rowing, so they can get on to the water 


These projects and activities help existing Erg Ed locations pave the path to the boathouse through school-based rowing opportunities for students AND introductory rowing sessions for our incredible Public School Teachers who bring the Erg Ed program into their classrooms!

There are many exciting opportunities to can help connect students take what they have learned in Erg Ed classrooms to local boathouses. This grant has supported activities such as field trips, rowing camps, Erg Ed Games, virtual racing, and more. If you have a new idea to connect kids from the classroom to the boathouse, don’t hesitate letting us know!

  • Grant Value: up to $1000

  • Grant applications due: On going

  • Number of grants awarded: Total of $5000 across all Erg Ed sites  

  • Who is eligible: Estabilished Erg Ed locations and programs

Erg Ed NATION GRants:
Student based classroom to boathouse projects and activities
Teacher Learn to Rows

We love and respect all of the amazing teachers we work with through the Erg Ed program. As a small way to say thank you for all you do, we would like to invite you to learn more about the sport of rowing by participating in an introductory rowing session of your choice at any boathouse within your community. You can choose the location and 'Learn to Row' session/series/etc. that you'd like to participate in and we will cover the cost!

  • Grant Value: up to $250 per session

  • Grant applications due: Ongoing

  • Number of grants awarded: Up to 60

  • Who is eligible: Teachers who offer the Erg Ed program

POCOCK Perkin Recovery GRANT
Join the GPRF Boathouse Partnership Cohort

Apply to be a part of the GPRF boathouse partner cohort. This group is committed to being innovative, intentional and inclusive in their efforts to reach more youth from their communities. GPRF boathouse partner cohorts share resources, knowledge, and support to help forever change the way youth find, start and stay rowing within their communities by committing to high culturally-competent levels of outreach, engagement, and efficacy.

  • Applications due: Ongoing

  • Who is eligible: Boathouses committed to creating an inclusive, intentional, innovative culture. 


**COVID Update - Due to the current pandemic situation, the Pocock Perkin Grant will pivot from its focus as a youth scholarship capacity building grant. For this current cycle, the grant will help boathouses with sustainability and viability through this unprecedented time. More details are available in the application.


  • Grant Value: up to $10,000

  • Grant timeline:

    • Grant opens June 8, 2020

    • Letter of intent due June 26, 2020

    • ​Invitation to submit full grant application July 3, 2020

    • Grant support call July 10, 2020 noon

    • Application for Pocock Perkin Recovery Grant July 17, 2020 

    • Pocock Perkin Recovery Grants Awarded July 24, 2020

  • Number of grants awarded: Up to a total of $40,000 will be distributed across awardees 

  • Who is eligible: Boathouses and rowing organizations who are located within WA & OR and offer youth rowing. 

Application by invitation only



Boathouse Partner GRants (PNW): Youth athlete scholarships

We believe that everyone who wants to row should be able to row, regardless of background or economic circumstance. To serve this mission, the GPRF provides need-based youth rowing scholarships at our partner boathouses throughout the Northwest region for athletes in grades 6 through 12. Scholarship funds are awarded based on financial need AND the participant’s ability to meet attendance and participation expectations. Partial and full scholarships are available.

  • Scholarship Value: Varies based on donations

  • Scholarship applications due: Annually - prior to winter, spring, summer OR fall rowing seasons

  • Number of scholarships awarded: Until funds are used

  • Who is eligible: Youth rowers at partner boathouses 

Boathouse Partner GRants: COACHES

Coaches are the most influential component to a youth’s rowing experience. To help create stronger, more positive and beneficial programs for participating youth, coaches need to participate in professional development and coaching training. Connecting our Boathouse Partners with our Community Partners, who provide high quality coaching training, will result in career coaches who can provide positivity impactful experiences for their athletes. 

  • Details coming in 2021

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