In 2023, The Seafarers’ Charity awarded £2.4m in grants to 50 organisations supporting seafarers in need and their families.

Our grant funding supports frontline organisations and projects that provide essential help for seafarers and their families in crisis. Each grant application is assessed against our core goals to ensure the support provided to ensure that your donations go to where the need is greatest.

See the below list to find grants awarded in the last three years.

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Sailors’ Society

to help fund:

  • purchase and distribution of 5,000 COVID-19 Care Kits to meet the needs of seafarers and their families across twelve Indian ports reaching a total of 26,359 people.
  • Ongoing support to local seafaring communities in India via a dedicated 24/7 paramedic-led helpline.
  • Purchase and distribution of a further 4,800 COVID-19 Care Kits to benefit more than 20,000 seafarers and family members in the Philippines.

Amount awarded: £314,850

International Seafarers' Welfare & Assistance Network

awarded to:

  • Priority vaccinations for 5,000 Indian seafarers in approved private hospitals in 16 port areas throughout India.
  • Financial assistance of up to £1,000 for 80 seafarers, or their immediate family members (approx. 320), who have been hospitalised by COVID-19.
  • Emotional support for 3,000 seafarers and their families over a six-month period from ISWAN’s existing SeafarerHelp helpline.
  • Financial hardship grants to Filipino seafarers and dependents, as well as next of kin of deceased seafarers, who are impacted by COVID-19, supporting immediate living costs as well as medical costs incurred during hospital treatment.

Amount awarded: £128,000

The Not Forgotten

to provide support to 300 former Merchant Navy personnel through recreational and entertainment events and activities to help prevent loneliness and isolation.

Amount awarded: £7,000

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society

to support emergency grants to Merchant Navy seafarers and their dependants who are in real poverty but who also do not fit within the organisations’ set criteria (e.g. 10 years’ sea service).

Amount awarded: £15,000

Age UK for The Silver Line

to ensure the continued provision of long running and much needed telephone friendship groups known as Seafarers Link, which connect older seafarers via regular, supervised telephoneconference calls.

Amount awarded: £20,000

Falklands Veterans Foundation

to enable a Merchant Navy Veteran’s granddaughter to accompany her mother, for emotional support, during a visit to the Falkland
Islands whose father who was killed in action during the Falkland Islands Conflict

Amount awarded: £1,300

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We're committed to transparency

The Seafarers’ Charity is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. See our Publisher profile on 360Giving, where you will be able to download grants awarded since 2017.

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