FUNDING: Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 11 October 2013


Funding to support projects in the UK and Commonwealth that support seafarers, ex-seafarers, their spouses or dependants, or maritime youth organisations.

Value Notes

The following grant programmes are available:

  • Main grants programme for grants over £5,000. There is no upper limit, however, few grants over £50,000 are made and generally grants are for much less than this.
  • Small grants programme for grants up to £5,000.

Organisations can apply to both the Main and Small Grant schemes, provided the purpose of the grants is different, but can only have one grant in each category in any one calendar year.

Extended Description

Seafarers UK, which was previously known as the King George’s Fund for Sailors, has been helping seafarers since 1917.

Maritime charities can apply for both main and small grants provided the purposes of the grants are for separate projects, activities or services.

The Grants Scheme aims to support organisations seeking funding for projects, schemes or activities involving seafarers, ex-seafarers, their spouses or dependants, or maritime youth organisations.

Latest Information

Fourth 2013 deadline: 11 October 2013.

Key Criteria

Registered charities and organisations with charitable aims that are working with all sections of the maritime community are eligible to apply.

Projects must mainly benefit people who live in the UK or Commonwealth.

Organisations that work with children, young people or vulnerable adults must have acceptable child protection and vulnerable adult policies and procedures in place.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for activities that support at least one of the following:

  • Older seafarers and their dependants – over the usual retirement age.
  • Working age seafarers – including people who normally work at sea in the maritime industries, former seafarers under the usual retirement age, and merchant navy cadets and trainees.
  • Families and dependants of working age seafarers – either working or former seafarers under the normal retirement age.
  • Young people in maritime youth groups – for young people who may be considering a career at sea.

The Scheme can fund a wide range of projects, schemes or activities. The following are a few examples of projects that are likely to meet the aims of the Scheme:

  • Support activities for a maritime community.
  • Training and activities programme to involve young people in maritime activities which may lead to a career at sea (except sea cadets).
  • Sheltered accommodation for older seafarers and/or their dependents.
  • Support and/or accommodation for working age seafarers and their families or dependents, such as a telephone helpline either specifically for seafarers or where a considerable percentage of users come from a UK or Commonwealth maritime background.
  • A maritime charity that makes a small number of regular or casual grants to individually identified beneficiaries.

Main grants can be spent on the following, for example:

  • Sheltered/supported housing, including nursing/respite care.
  • Children and young people's welfare services.
  • Port based welfare services.
  • Health and care services (not residential).
  • General welfare services.
  • Counselling and therapeutic community services.
  • Youth organisations.
  • Medical and rehabilitation services, including health advocacy.
  • Sports activities.
  • Organisational overheads.
  • Job finding and outplacement services.
  • Advice and information services.
  • Equipment.

Small grants can be spent on the following, for example:

  • Welfare activities.
  • Support and advice services.
  • Staff costs involved in delivering services.
  • Venue hire.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Past activities or costs that have been previously incurred.
  • Individuals
  • Organisations that are applying on behalf of another organisation.
  • Companies that aim to make a profit.
  • Statutory bodies.
  • Marine Societies and Sea Cadet individual units, unless the organisation is not a member of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and can clearly demonstrate how it promotes a seafaring career for young people.
  • Sailing or youth clubs or organisations whose primary purpose is to provide opportunities for people to sail or learn to sail (including young or disabled people).
  • Activities whose primary purpose is to promote religious beliefs. However, support is available to religious organisations where the primary purpose is the welfare or pastoral care of seafarers, ex-seafarers, their spouses or dependents.
  • Political or campaigning activities.
  • Sea rescue or lifeboat services.
  • Activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
  • Endowments.
  • Loans or interest payments.
  • Fundraising activities for the organisation or any other group or activity.
  • Contingency costs.
  • Publicity, PR or Marketing materials/costs.

It is unlikely that substantial capital grants will be available.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Charity's website.

Contact Seafarers UK for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Enquiries Seafarers UK
8 Hatherley Street
Telephone: 020 7932 0000
Email:  [email protected]

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