Chelsea Groton Foundation Awards Grant to NESS

Stonington, CT – The Chelsea Groton Foundation presented New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) with a $500 check earlier this month. This is the third consecutive year that Chelsea Groton has awarded a grant to NESS to support their ocean adventure STEM education programs in New London, CT.

Since 2014, NESS has provided New London Public School students with opportunities to get out on the water and learn by doing. Last year, NESS served over 500 New London students. NESS SEA (STEM Education Ambassador) AmeriCorps members contributed 1,175 hours of classroom support, tutoring, and mentoring to students of the STEM Magnet Middle School, part of Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJMS). NESS provides students with in-classroom and on-the-water experiences at NESS's locations in Stonington, CT, and in New London, CT, including Ocean Beach and Green's Harbor Beach.
Additionally, NESS delivered 75 programs to New London community organizations including the Drop-In Learning Center, New London Recreation Center, Jennings Family Resource Center, and Covenant Shelter. In 2015, NESS acquired New London Community Boating to reach even more students and provide them with free sailing instruction. NESS currently operates out of a total of seven locations in southeastern New England.

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New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, transformational personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit

Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1998 as a Section 501(c)(3) organization and endowed with a $2 million dollar donation from Chelsea Groton Bank. Since then, over $2.1 million in grants have been awarded to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank's Connecticut and Rhode Island market area.