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Round Three of the Community Grant Scheme will offer ten small grants of up to £1,000 each. Applications open from 15 January 2024.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 23 February 2024.

Are you a community group looking to play a part in Hull’s maritime story? Could a small grant of funding help to deliver activities that celebrate Hull’s maritime past, present, and future?

All funded projects must have a maritime connection, however, we encourage you to think broadly and creatively about these maritime themes and connections. We love to be surprised by innovative ideas and activities we’ve never considered before!

Examples of themes which could be explored include:

  • Medieval maritime history
  • Roman maritime history
  • The Ferriby Boat
  • Hull Docks and Port
  • The East Riding Coast – life saving and rescue on the coast for example
  • Renewable energy, wind turbine manufacturing and the offshore wind sector in Hull and the Humber
  • Wildlife and ecology of the Humber estuary
  • Geology/geography of the rivers Humber and Hull
  • Hull crew members on Shackleton’s Endurance expedition

Projects which explore a different aspect of our maritime history, plan to uncover hidden stories, or aim to explore themes in new and creative ways will be given priority during assessment.

What have we funded so far?

We’re open to projects and activities that take a broad view on what ‘maritime’ means to our area today.

In 2021/2 we funded eight brilliant projects that all explored, celebrated, or protected Hull’s maritime story in different ways. The projects ranged from community litter picks that led to the creation of new sculptural works, to training volunteers to work on historic vessels, to funding transport for a maritime community reunion, to supporting ‘see shanty’ performances.

In 2023, the Maritime Community Grant scheme was even bigger, funding 13 projects. Round two reached a wide range of community groups and supported many varied and creative projects around themes of heritage, wellbeing and environment. Projects included local heritage research, the creation of information boards for a community greenspace, a podcast, maritime themed murals, a community dance performance and other creative events and activities with maritime themes.

Examples and insights from activities funded in Round One can be seen on our social media channels and on our website blog posts. Read more about those projects here.

How will applications be assessed?

As well as having a maritime connection, the applications will ideally outline how they will meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  1. A wide range of people will be involved in heritage
  2. People will have developed skills
  3. People will have volunteered time
  4. People will have learned about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions
  5. People will have a greater wellbeing

In addition, activities should be led and run by, for and with the members of the community. These could be communities of interest, geographical communities, or something else. You might engage with a large number of people, or perhaps just a handful.

The important thing is that you tell us how your proposed activity will work with members of a community in Hull and the surrounding areas. This also applies if the application is from an individual – no award will be made which will only benefit the individual applying.

If you're successful

If you're successful, you'll receive an award agreement that states the purpose of the award and contains our terms and conditions. Please read your award letter carefully and keep it safe for future reference.

You should start spending the money within two months of it being dispersed, and complete your project within five months. All projects should be complete by September 2024.

We will expect all grantees to take steps to record, evaluate, and share their activities. This will include:

  • Completing a short evaluation form at the end of your project.
  • Providing us with images to share.
  • Agreeing to use Hull Maritime branding for the activities we fund.

We may also require further information from you before we can award you the funds.

Your grant is intended specifically for the project you've applied for, and any proposed changes should be discussed with us in advance.

Before making an application, please ensure you have downloaded and read the FAQs below.

Need more information?

There is an online information session for you to find out more about the Community Grant Scheme and how to apply.

24 January, 7.30 - 8.30pm via Microsoft Teams: Online information session

This online information session will include information on the scheme and how to apply and is suitable for those who cannot attend the in-person workshop.

The event will take place online via Microsoft Teams from 7.30 - 8.30pm on 24 January.

To sign up, please contact