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.

Our Charitable Objectives

The Trinity House Maritime Charity (THMC) is one of the UK’s largest-endowed maritime charities, 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;
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 three times per year; February, April and September. 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.

If you have not applied to us before, please contact us to introduce yourself, your organisation and your proposal. If we feel that this fits within our charitable objectives, our Grants Manager will arrange to visit you prior to you submitting an application. This allows us to have a greater understanding of your organisation by seeing in person what you do, discuss what you are hoping to accomplish, how it aligns with our charitable objectives and the impact that you hope to achieve. It also enables us to build a relationship with you and answer any questions that you may have prior to submitting an application. This meeting may need to be carried out virtually until restrictions are lifted.

The application deadlines for 2021 are:

April Committee: 29 March 2021

September Committee including WTAG applications: 20 August 2021

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 and the closing date for applications is 20 August 2021.

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 and how many participants have, or are going to enter a maritime career. 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. Organisations who are delivering waterborne activities, would be expected to outline the same information as those applying to the main Committee in regards to qualifications and a clear pathway to a maritime career.

Please contact Vikki Muir to discuss your application.

Email Vikki Muir

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