UK Government’s Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund launches for 2017/18

The UK Government launched the £5 million Inshore and Inland Lifeboat Grant Scheme in 2014 to support charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways.

Now in its fourth year, the scheme has reopened for applications from UK registered charities which already operate an inland/inshore waterway rescue boat/lifeboat within the UK.

The £1 million allocated for 2017/18 will be split as follows:

  • 5-10% of this supports the administration of the Fund.
  • The rest is available for grants to eligible charities.

There is no minimum or maximum grant. In 2016/17, awards ranged from £324 to £42,000, and the average award was £13,502.

New criteria for 2017/18 include:

  • Applicant organisations must contribute 10% towards the (ex-VAT) cost of items funded.
  • Applicant organisations must provide a letter of support from its tasking authority.
  • Training costs will not be supported.

Charities can use the grants to purchase items which will support their lifesaving and rescue operations, including assets and equipment like life rafts, life jackets, and safety equipment. This could include investing in capital equipment (such as lifeboats, flood rafts or off road vehicles), which have already been used in rescue operations, or for the maintenance of their existing equipment, or the purchasing of new equipment for crews, such as personal protective equipment.

The important bits…

  • Deadline for applications : 6 September 2017 (midnight).
  • For more information please click here.

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