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Applications for sector specific funding should be submitted by 31st March and 30th September each year for consideration by Trustees at the subsequent May and November meetings.

Who can claim funding?

Recognised organisations committed to enhancing maritime education and skills in the UK. This may include applications from organisations such as:

  • UK maritime charitable bodies;
  • UK maritime education and training establishments;
  • commercial or other maritime organisations that are seeking joint funding in addition to their own monies to ‘kick-start’ a project or activities that will benefit UK seafarers or the UK shipping industry.
  • Please do not complete this form if you are an individual seafarer seeking funding. Please use the appropriate forms on the home page

What is supported under sector specific activities?

Relevant sector specific activities or projects that support the MEF objectives and that are agreed by MEF Trustees.

The project or activity should address one or more of the following: –

  • Enhance the knowledge of UK seafarers;
  • Enrich the training opportunities available to UK seafarers;
  • Develop and improve the quality of UK Merchant Navy training;
  • Promote the safety of UK seafarers;
  • Identify, encourage and provide education to potential future UK merchant seafarers;
  • Improve the ship environment on vessels that include UK seafarers and officer cadets in terms of culture, gender equality, behaviours etc. 

MEF Objectives

  • The advancement of education and training in maritime skills and in pursuance of such object but not further or otherwise to facilitate and promote the education and training of seafarers in maritime skills for the benefit of the general public.
  • The advancement of education and training generally concerning maritime industries and industries relating to maritime activities.

For the purpose of the above, ‘seafarers’ means persons employed or engaged in maritime industries or who otherwise earn their living at sea or in industries related to maritime activities or who are undergoing a course of approved training for service in such industries or in industries related to maritime activities (and which course is approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board).

What funding is available?

  • Funding is available at Trustees discretion.
  • Projects requiring capital and infrastructure expenditure can only attract up to 50% of the total cost;
How does the application process work?
  • Applications for funding can be submitted at any time;
  • Received bids will be considered by MEF Trustees at biannual board meetings in May and November;
  • Applicants must provide a series of key performance indicators matched to the MEF charitable objects, against which the application will be considered, and if accepted, measured;
  • Trustees carry out an objective risk assessment against all submitted projects;
  • Trustees decisions will be communicated to the submitting organisation at the earliest opportunity following the bi-annual board meeting;
  • Rejected bids cannot be re-submitted.

Please note that the MEF does not finance:

  • Direct staff salaries or employment costs;
  • Commercial projects or training that are intended to result in profit for the bidding organisation;
  • Or any activities that do not DIRECTLY benefit UK seafarers.

 

An application form for this category of funding can be found herePlease do not complete this form if you are an individual seafarer seeking funding. Please use the appropriate forms on the home page

For more information or advice please email mef@ukchamberofshipping.com

Applications for sector specific funding should be submitted by 31st March and 30th September each year for consideration by Trustees at the subsequent May and November meetings.

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