The Inshore and inland rescue boat grant scheme was launched by the UK government in 2014. It offers vital financial support to charitable organisations running local lifeboat and rescue boat services on and around the UK’s inland and inshore waterways.
So far, the fund 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, for example Bolton Mountain Rescue Team received funding for a new boat, new engines and other life-saving equipment worth more than £40,000. All the projects funded so far can be viewed on an interactive map.
Applications are invited each financial year to bid for grants to be used within that year to meet costs of equipment and other items that support rescue operations (including flood rescue). The Fund will open during Maritime Safety Week in July 2019 when application guidelines and the closing date will also be published.