MNWB Grants 2023



15 grants were provided to 10 organisations to support capital projects for serving and retired seafarers and fishers. MNWB also partnered with 3 other funders in 2023 to provide the Vehicle Replacement Programme and MiFi Project.



The greatest reach in 2023 was to serving seafarers, who benefitted from grants to individual organisations as well as partnership projects funded by MNWB and other funding partners.



Fishers continue to benefit from the MNWB grants programme, with The Fishermen’s Mission and Stella Maris having the greatest focus in this area.



Grants to accommodation providers have had a significant impact in 2023, with support given to The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society and Nautilus Welfare Fund.

Our Impact in 2023

MNWB’s main priority is to provide support services to its Constituents, PWCs and working groups, and its secondary priority is to provide capital grants. The amount made available for grants annually is based on the overall return from the investment portfolio after deducting revenue costs and services to Constituents. Under the Small Grants Programme, the Chair and Chief Executive are authorised to allocate individual grants of up to £5,000 throughout the year, up to a total annual limit of £50,000. In 2023, an overall sum of £96,916 was awarded in capital grants and £37,100 to jointly funded projects.
MNWB grants awarded in 2023 are as follows:

The Mission to Seafarers – Improvements at Falmouth Centre ahead of Tall Ships 2023
Grant awarded £6,778.08

QVSR Bristol Seafarers’ Centre – 24 hour provision
Grant awarded £25,000.00

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society – Nurse Call System and Lift Repair
Grant awarded £30,496.00

Merchant Navy Association – Annual MN Day Commemorative Service and Reunion
Grant awarded £500.00

The Fishermen’s Mission – North Shields Centre access and CCTV
Grant awarded £1,812.00

Nautilus Welfare Fund – 2 x new dining room tables and 8 x chairs for the dementia wing
Grant awarded £1,754.00

The Mission to Seafarers – 2 x laptops and 1 monitor at the Flying Angel Centre, South Shields
Grant awarded £2,343.00

Nautilus Welfare Fund – Replacement flooring at Mariners’ Park
Grant awarded £2,345.00

Nautilus Welfare Fund – Vital Signs Machine
Grant awarded £1,743.00

Lighthouse Seafarers’ Mission – Project Upgrade – TV and boiler
Grant awarded £3,806.67

Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution – Self-managed Information website with greater functionality/tools
Grant awarded £5,000.00

The Mission to Seafarers – Hot water provision at MtS North Tees & Hartlepool
Grant awarded £5,000.00

Aberdeen Seafarers’ Centre – Bicycles for Seafarers
Grant awarded £4,339.76

Annual National Service for Seafarers 2023
Grant awarded £1,000.00

QVSR Tilbury – Cruise Crew Lounge
Grant awarded £4,999.00


MNWB Vehicle Replacement Programme
Annual contribution £31,000.00

MNWB, DfT and Trinity House – MiFi project

MN Medal
Annual contribution £100.00