Responsive Donations

In addition to awarding grants to meet its City and Civic obligations, the Shipwrights charitable strategy focuses its support on maritime and waterborne projects and activities which offer the opportunity for young people to learn new skills and develop and this includes responding to appeals for donations.  This is achieved through a screening process which has been established over many years and the Education and Charity Committee considers applications for grants that meet the criteria with a view to maximising the impact of every donation made.

Our intent is to focus support on applications from individuals and organisations where we believe we can make a real difference so that the Company's contributions reach those individuals who most need its support, and those organisations which have low administrative costs.

Applicants are encouraged to show how their particular cause will help us achieve our objectives. For example, grants for heritage projects, such as the restoration of classic vessels, usually need to show:

  • they are being used to formally train young people in shipwright skills.
  • the vessel is listed by the National Historic Ships Committee.

The link to the website of the National Historic Ships Register is here.

Applications must be completed on the Responsive Donations form and accompanied by a covering letter or email addressed to the Clerk and all applications from other charities or organisations are to be accompanied by the latest report and accounts.

All applications will be acknowledged, but those that do not fit the Shipwrights’ charitable criteria will be rejected at the same time.  Applicants should ask themselves the question which the Education and Charities Committee asks itself: “What makes this case deserving of support from charitable funds?”  Please click here to apply for funding.

The Shipwrights' Company asks for reports from all grant recipients who are invited to describe the impact the award has had, the value gained and the number of people assisted and these reports are shared with the membership.  Where an application for funding is for a long-term project the Shipwrights require regular reports and confirmation of its ongoing viability.

In 2018-19 the Company allocated £23,050 to 23 successful applicants, in 2019-20 it was £12,000 to 16 applicants and to date in 2020-21 donations of £21,100 have been made to 15 organisations including a grant of £5,000 to assist Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy to reconfigure its classroom and workshop space so that it can return to full capacity, or pre-covid teaching levels and instructor / student ratios.

Click on the names of the successful applicants listed below to be taken directly to their website and get an idea of what they do.