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19th January 2022

The Hull Maritime project has provided almost £8,000 in grants in its first round of Maritime Community Grant Scheme.

The Maritime Community Grant Scheme launched in October 2021 to support individuals and community groups to deliver projects designed to engage local residents by exploring Hull’s maritime story.

Micro grants of up to £500 and small grants of up to £2,000 were available in three categories: Environmental, Heritage and Wellbeing, reflecting important and timely themes and drawing links between our maritime past, present and future.

As part of this pilot of the scheme, eight grants have been awarded and include:

  • Art You Experienced - Eco art project creasing a sculpture of a fish from recycled litter from the River Hull, for installation at Rooted in Hull on St Peter Street and used as a litter bin
  • Beverley Barge Preservation Society - A week-long arts and heritage event aboard Syntan, a 70-year-old Beverley barge
  • Hull Independent Merchant Navy Association - A reunion of over 50 veterans from the regional area, the first time in three years
  • Hull Visual Choir event in collaboration with The Deep
  • Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society - Training for two volunteers to the basic standard qualification of the Royal Yachting Association to sail Comrade, the Society’s Keel, which is being turned into a museum
  • MV Norland Crew - All day children’s craft activity on Saturday 18 June, to provide an educational element to the Falklands 40 celebration taking place in the city centre 17 – 19 June, in collaboration with Hull City Council
  • Newland Community & Traders Association - A maritime themed community engagement event to take place during spring half term exploring the history of the Sailor’s Orphan’s Homes in the area
  • St. Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group - Design and production of three information boards to accompany the Lost Trawlermen’s Memorial which is being erected on St Andrew’s Quay in 2022

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council and responsible for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide almost £8,000 in grants to help individuals and community groups deliver projects connected to our maritime past.

“I am looking forward to seeing them come to fruition later this year.”

Hannah Van Green, Art You Experienced, said: "We are absolutely buzzing to turn our concept into reality, which will highlight the huge environmental effects caused by plastics on land and in our waters."

Hannah Van Green and Alice Welsh from Art You Experienced who facilitate family workshops and have been awarded a small grant. Photo credit Jason Shipley.