A budget of £1 million has just been announced to extend the Rescue Boat Grant Fund into its sixth year with investment now totalling £6 million.
So far, the Rescue Boat Grant Fund has paid for more than 100 charities across the UK to purchase 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.
Over the first 5 years of the scheme, 258 bids for the fund have been successful, help more than 100 search and rescue teams.
In 2018, the scheme funded 15 new boats and a hovercraft as well as many other new items of equipment and vital personal protective equipment.
A list of all funded charities to date can be found on this map.
This year’s competition will be opened during Maritime Safety Week this July. Bids will be judged by an expert panel, chaired by officials and including representatives from Defra and the devolved administrations as well as expert advisers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and the Royal Yachting Association.