Where does Seafarers UK give grants?

As a grant-giving charity, Seafarers UK’s mandate is to provide financial support where the need is greatest, across the fishing, mercantile and naval defence sectors.

The cornerstone objectives of Seafarers UK are to provide for the relief of seafarers, their families or dependants who are in need; the education and training of people of any age to prepare for work or service at sea; promotion of the efficiency and effectiveness of the maritime charitable sector; and the promotion of safety at sea.

Seafarers UK does not receive any government funding and is heavily dependant on the generosity of corporate partnerships and individual donors. In 2017, we raised £1.76 million in corporate and individual donations and ploughed £3.5 million back across the causes that Seafarers UK is committed to supporting welfare, education and safety. We helped over 163,000 beneficiaries and provided an average grant of £40,038.

Seafarers UK committed 56% of 2017 funds to supporting seafarers. This includes investment in charitable projects that re-skill seafarers in order for them to develop and prolong their careers. We allocated £2.2 million to front line charities involved in advice and information, international port based welfare services, hardship grants, welfare support and services, and individual welfare grants for safeguarding seafarers serving at sea. This reflects our ability to identify where the need is greatest and shows that Seafarers UK has the flexibility to provide funds in times of a maritime welfare crisis.

Essentially, whatever difficulty a seafarer may be experiencing, Seafarers UK funds the lifelines for the lifetimes of seafarers and their dependants.

The future for seafaring

13% of our 2017 funds were allocated to charities and projects that inspire people to pursue a career in the maritime sector. As part of our centenary investment programme, we are funding a Professional Yacht Cadetship Bursary Scheme, a course that aims to ensure the completion of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) qualification for young seafarers.

To mark our commitment to developing future seafarers, we entered into a partnership with the Marine Society & Sea Cadets to deliver an innovative marine engineering education project complementing STEM education within the secondary school sector. We funded a fleet of Maritime Education Pathway ‘pods’ and instructors. The ‘pods’ are fitted with specialist marine engineering equipment which instructors use to engage with thousands of secondary school pupils and encourage them to consider a future career at sea or in marine engineering. Find out more about this exciting project.

Commitment to positive impact

Seafarers UK is confident that our grant funding has delivered a sustainable, progressive impact across the lives of all our beneficiaries. Our portfolio of charity  investments reflects our commitment to channelling our donations into projects and organisations delivering a positive change to the lives of seafarers, their families, dependants and communities. However, we can only provide support based on the donations we receive. For more information, please download our impact report.

Working with Seafarers UK as a charity partner, means that there are a number of fundraising and team-building solutions that will compliment you company’s CSR policy. To find out more about how we can work together, please phone Mairéad Ní Cheóinín on +44 7809 724525 or email mairead.nicheoinin@seafarers.uk.