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“In 2012 we awarded 26 grants (totaling £93,948) under the small grants programme from 31 applications.” many maritime charities who depend upon our funding to continue to deliver ‘on the ground’ services to current and ex-seafarers, their families and dependants. We are therefore pleased to report that after awarding grants totaling £2.478 million in 2010 and £2.499 million in 2011, we were again able to maintain this level of grantmaking in 2012 with grants worth £2.509 million.

the money fundraised in Scotland, on Scottish organisations. Organisations funded in 2012 include Cobhair Barragh, a day care centre for elderly seafarers on the Isle of Barra in the west, the Peterhead and District Fishermen’s Benevolent Fund, a fund supporting retired fishermen and their families in the east, and the Combat Stress’s clinical treatment centre in Ayr.


We are also very proud in this 70th anniversary year of the Battle of the Atlantic campaign to support the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum which promotes and encourages interest in, and care for, the wartime history of the Loch Ewe Area, North Atlantic and Arctic Convoys. The North Atlantic Fleet sailed from 1941 to 1945 from the UK to North Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel to aid our Russian Allies. The Russian Convoys were called ‘the Suicide Missions’ by many of those men who sailed on them. Merchant ships with supplies and ammunition were escorted by British Royal Naval ships and aircraft carriers. During the war over 3,000 men perished in the waters of the North Atlantic. The village of Aultbea on the shores of Loch Ewe was designated HMS Helicon during the war and was the anchorage base for the Arctic Convoys from 1941-1945. Our grant is a contribution towards the costs of a veteran reunion planned for the spring 2013 and will be a way of honouring all the veterans. This grant has been made in conjunction with a grant from the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust; another example of Seafarers UK working in partnership.

We continue to work in partnership with Trinity House, the Seamen’s Hospital Society, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and most recently with ITF Seafarers Trust, and this has strengthened grant making in the maritime sector. A good example of our partnership working is demonstrated by our joint funding of the Sailors Children’s Society for £150,000. This charity is a national charity that assists families and children from Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing backgrounds through their Family Support Scheme. Our joint and equal funding of this organisation with the RNRMC is a demonstration of good will between key funders of the maritime sector and we plan to look at more joint funding ventures going forward. Many of our grants support several different groups of beneficiary such as families and dependants, as well as current seafarers, older seafarers and ex-seafarers. Our grants range in size from the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Benevolent Trust at £250,000 down to £500 as a contribution towards the costs of the Annual Seafarers Service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. Of the 67 organisations supported during 2012, 8 received £100,000 or more totaling £1,320,555, and representing around 52% of our total grants budget for the year. At the other end of the scale, 26 organisations received grants of up to £5,000, and a review of our small grants programme has shown how relatively modest sums can make a tremendous difference to the work of many charities.

Scottish Grants We are pleased to report that once again we exceeded our commitment to spending the equivalent of

Small Grants In 2012 we awarded 26 grants (totaling £93,948) under the small grants programme from 31 applications. This is an increase from 18 grants awarded in 2011 (totaling £60,552) indicating that this programme is both popular and a valuable additional resource for maritime charities. Many of these grants can be classed as ‘matched’ funding. This approach encourages organisations to look at alternatives for funding rather than just relying on Seafarers UK, thus encouraging organisational sustainability and partnership working. This is something we are keen to continue to promote and we believe this programme will continue to see further growth in 2013.



Seafarers UK, Annual Report 2012  

Seafarers UK charity, Annual Report and Accounts 2012.

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