Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for government cash for life-saving equipment.
The Inshore and Inland Lifeboat Grant scheme is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.
So far, the £6 million scheme has paid for 82 new boats, more than 1,800 items of equipment for rescue operations and in excess of 5,000 items of crew kit to keep volunteers safe on missions.
In May 2019, the government announced it had secured a further £1 million for the fund, taking it into its sixth year and bringing the overall total to £6 million.
This year’s fund has opened for bids as part of the Department for Transport’s first ever Maritime Safety Week.
Applications are open from 4 July 2019 until 11.59pm on Monday 2 September 2019.
Further information about the scheme and how to apply can be found on the GOV.UK website.