COVID Redundancy & Retraining Fund Extended Into 2022

COVID Redundancy & Retraining Fund Extended Into 2022

The Maritime Charities Group (MCG) has extended the COVID Redundancy & Retraining Fund until March 31st 2022. This is great news for seafarers that have found themselves out of employment due to the long term covid situation. A review was completed and found that still many seafarers have been affected and more help to UK seafarers is required. The scheme is administered by the Seafarers Society and much of the bursary comes from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board and Trinity House, alongside contributions from the Slater Fund.

COVID-19 Funding if you have been made redundant:

This funding is aimed at the UK Seafarers who have recently been made redundant due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is offered to all seafarers of all ranks and departments who can demonstrate a planned route back into a maritime-related role. Each bursary is limited to a maximum of £500 per application and the applicants are able to select which training and/or qualifications they find will add value to their role.

Applicants must be British seafarers, resident in the UK, 18 years old and over, made redundant or notified of redundancy since March 2020. This includes those on short term contracts who have had a contract terminated or can demonstrate that you have been unemployed for three months or more prior to submitting an application. Please return it via email to: or post to: Marine Society, 202 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JW

If you have any queries please contact Carla Rockson, Head of Seafarer Learning and Welfare at or call 020 7654 7029.

You can read more on other funding and grants here