How to apply for a grant from the Seafarers’ Trust Emergency Fund

The Seafarers’ Trust Emergency Fund enables unions, ITF inspectors and individuals from ‘recognised organisations’, with an interest in seafarers’ welfare, to apply for small grants on behalf of seafarers in need. This includes immediate needs on board or needs arising from difficulties at home.

‘Recognised organisations’ means, registered charities and welfare organisations known to the Trust or endorsed by organisations with whom the Trust works.

The minimum amount that can be awarded for an individual case is £500, the maximum is £5,000.

Grants are for emergency needs that cannot be met by other means. The funds can be used directly by, or on behalf of, seafarers. They can also be used for the benefit of seafarers’ immediate family members.


  • Funds for seafarers’ families in the event of abandonment of seafarers
  • Temporary hardship arising from accidents, disasters and unavoidable misfortune

Before applying for a STEF grant we encourage you to read the guide on how to apply, you can download the guidance by clicking the “Download How to Apply to STEF Guide” button below.

After you have read the guide, you can apply for a STEF grant by clicking the “Apply for a STEF grant” button, then clicking “New applicant?”.

If you are applying for a grant for the first time (or applied before March 2019) you will need to set up new log in before you can make an application. If you have applied for any grant from the Seafarers’ Trust since March 2019, you can use your existing log in details.

You do not have to finish making an application all at one time, you can save your application and finish it later.

If you have already started and saved an application or already submitted one (since March 2019) please use the “Returning applicants” button to:

– continue your application form,

– check your grant request status and pending requirements (such as endorsement) or

– check the reporting schedule or other post grant requirements of grants you have previously made.

If you cannot remember your password, you can also reset it here.

If you have any questions regarding your STEF grant application, use the “Contact Us” button to send us an email to request help or advice.

Click here to download guidance on applying for a grant from the Seafarers’ Trust Emergency Fund

If your organisation is making a new grant application, click here and then click on “New Applicant?”

Click here and enter your log in details if you want to:

  • continue your unfinished application
  • check your current application
  • you need to complete a report or send us additional information

You can also request a new password if you have forgotten yours.

Click here to send us an email

Other documents

Click above to download a list of the STEF grant application questions

Click above to download our privacy policy and read about how we store and use your data.

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