Seafarers UK is a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship.
Our aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need.
We meet our aim through supporting organisations which provide welfare and support services for seafarers.
The seafarers we support are:
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In 2018 we awarded 73 grants totalling £2.5m, including funding 15 organisations that were new to us.
We operate a continuous grant making process and assess applications on a rolling basis. This means you can submit an application to us at any time.
Decisions on grant applications are made a minimum of six times a year. We cannot guarantee that your application will be considered at a particular time and so it is recommended that you plan ahead.
Please also note that you must pass the grant application eligibility quiz before you can apply for a grant – this is all part of the online grant application process.
You may apply any number of times in any one calendar year. The only restriction (beyond our remit of supporting seafarers and their families) is that each application must be for a separate activity, project or service.
Merchant Navy Fund grants programme
We also have a separate Merchant Navy Fund grants programme (in conjunction with the Merchant Navy Welfare Board). This programme is aimed specifically at helping UK Merchant Navy seafarers and their families. The Merchant Navy Fund application process is the same as our main grants programme. Please refer to grant funding guidelines for more details.
Please call if you are unclear on any matter or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your eligibility or application. Contact Grants on 0207 932 0000 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.