If you are considering applying for a grant from Trinity House Maritime Charity, these guidelines will help you to establish your eligibility and aim to help you ensure that your application meets our charitable objectives, enabling you to have the greatest chance of success.

If, once you have read through the guidance and application form, you have any further questions, please contact our Grants Manager Vikki Muir who will be happy to help.

Our Charitable Objectives

The Trinity House Maritime Charity (THMC) is one of the UK’s largest-endowed maritime Charites, committed to the education, safety, support and welfare of mariners and their dependants. We welcome applications from charities and organisations whose work aligns with our charitable objectives and who can demonstrate support of seafarers in the areas below:

a. Support, maintenance and provision of Alms Houses and Annuities;

b. Advancing the education and training of officers, cadets and seamen (inc. grants and bursaries);

c. Advancing the education of the public, including assisting schools and other institutions providing education, and commissioning research;

d. Advancing public safety and the safety of shipping;

e. Relieving the need of mariners and former mariners of all ranks, and their families;

f. Publishing and disseminating information in any form relating to navigation, shipping and seamanship.

Our Application Process

All grants are initially considered by our Management Committee who meet around six times a year. Depending on the level of funding requested, a decision can often be made at this level and you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after this. All larger requests, after initial consideration and approval by the Management Committee, will go to the THMC Board for final approval and award. We will keep you informed of timescales if this is the case.

The application deadlines are:


December Committee – 15 November


February Committee – 21 January

April Committee – 17 March

June Committee – 2 June

September Committee and WTAG Applications – 21 August

November – 16 October

December Committee – 17 November

If you are applying for a grant for an organisation who specialises in enabling individuals to access the water and gain training and qualifications, we have a specific grant available. The Waterborne Access and Training Grant (WTAG) is awarded to one organisation annually. Applications are initially considered by the Committee in September each year. The Board will expect that you have approached the RYA Foundation for grant funding prior to submitting an application to Trinity House. They will also ask for information on the number of RYA qualifications achieved by those taking part in the programme. If you are successful in being awarded the grant, you would be unable to reapply to us for a period of three years.

We also have Regional Grants Committees who cover six regions throughout the country. They award small grants to local charities and organisations who meet our charitable objectives.

Please contact Vikki Muir who can provide further details and provide a grant application form.

Email Vikki Muir

Vikki can also be contacted by telephone at 0207 481 6903.