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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 organizations in conserving the world's oceans. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize 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 nonprofit 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 targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities. Over $10 million has been awarded to organizations since the fund's inception.

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

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

Past Ocean Fund Grant Announcements 


The Process 

The Ocean Fund Award selection process is by invitation only.

Emails of inquiry may be sent to OceanFund@rccl.com with a short description of your organization's history, mission, programs and 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 organizations from March 1st through April 30th. Letters of interest are due by May 30th and must include the project's objectives in the areas of climate change, key marine species, technology, and/or targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities as applicable and long term conservation impact.
May - June 2009:
Letters of Interest are reviewed and prioritized based on long term conservation impact and focus within the following categories: climate change, key marine species, technology and 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 organizations, based on the committee’s recommendations by June 30, 2009.

July - September 15, 2009:
Complete Ocean Fund Grant proposals (using the template provided) are due by September 15, 2009, 6:00 PM EST. Should you have 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 meets to evaluate the proposals.

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

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