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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Mission to Seafarers

To support:

  • A food ingredients programme in Thoothukudi in Southern India, where many seafarers have been experiencing difficulty in taking up new employment contracts, causing severe financial difficulties.
  • 1,950 families were helped through the programme, or almost 12,000 individuals in total.

Amount awarded: £43,500

Aberdeen Seafarer's Centre

Grant funding awarded in 2022 to cover temporary accommodation costs for single male seafarers from Ukraine who are on 5 week rest break from working at sea and do not want to return to Ukraine.

Amount awarded: £10,000

Stella Maris

to provide accommodation for 30 days for 44 people at Stella Maris’s Recreation Centre at Kashuby, Gydnia, Poland. Apart from accommodation facilities, the Centre also provided regular meals, toys, dedicated space for online learning with free access to the Internet, and SIM cards without limit to keep contact with loved ones. £7,650 was awarded to cover costs of arrival packages for refugees to include clothes, blankets, toiletries, and other essentials

Amount awarded: £84,700

The Welfare Fund of Maritime Transport ’MORTRANS’

established by the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU), to help pay for transport, rent deposits and other basic needs of affected seafarers, including shelter, food, water and medical services.

Amount awarded: £108,700

Ukraine Crisis Support Fund (UCSF)

launched by International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to help provide immediate and urgent financial support to seafarers and their families directly impacted by the Ukraine crisis. Since the inception of the Fund, ISWAN has received over 800 applications comprising mostly of Ukrainian seafarers, some Russian, and a few Nigerian and Filipino seafarers. Consequently, due to limited funds, the criteria were revised to give priority to seafarers and their families who came from severely affected regions like Kharkov, Kherson, Mariupol, Donetsk, and Nikolayev regions, with 569 total beneficiaries paid up to US$500 each to cover expenses ranging from medical bills, children’s educational support, rent deposits, living and transport costs. Two families received US$1,000 each as the seafarer had died due to the Ukraine crisis.

Amount awarded: £14,009

Stella Maris

to fund their work in Cochin, Chennai and the Philippines, as follows:

  • A total of 13,120 people provided with food and other essentials;
  • A new Oxygen Generator provided to serve the community hospital in Cochin;
  • 3,943 people provided with rehabilitation and advice with long COVID-19,
  • including provision of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and counselling;
  • 586 children provided with counselling through ten volunteer child psychologists, as well as on-line classes while schools were closed.

Amount awarded: £327,003

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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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