In 2006 the Council of the Australian Mariners Welfare Society resolved to adopt a policy of monetary grants to maritime welfare providers and in particular, but not limited to, the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea.
The policy was clear in its intent to majorly concentrate on delivering grants for specific projects undertaken by the provider recipients. All grants must be aimed at specifically and directly benefitting seafarers.
Council also resolved to keep the application process as straight forward and simple as possible. A single page application form was designed and called for a full statement of the purpose of the grant and demonstrating a clear benefit to visiting seafarers. The application form requires at least two competitive quotes for grants sought over $5000.
In the cases of the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea each completed application must bear the endorsement of their respective National Bodies before reaching the Secretary of the Society for submission to Council.
The first grant under this policy was made in 2006. Since that time thirty two separate marine welfare providers around the Australian coast have availed themselves of the policy, some on multiple occasions. The grants have been put to a host of uses including computer equipment, kitchen revamps, reroofing, air conditioning, contributions towards the cost of new buses, refrigeration equipment and many others worthy projects.
In addition to project grants, annual grants are made by Council towards the administrative cost of running the National offices and also make contributions to bi-annual National conferences of welfare providers.
By the end of 2015 grants totalling over $1,000,000 had been approved by Council.
The AMWS is a true philanthropic organisation and assists seafarers by providing infrastructure where a need is clearly identified. The AMWS does not seek recognition but is well known in the maritime industry for its wonderful support for all seafarers.
Grant Application Forms
Please use hyperlink to download grant application forms for use by Mission to Seafarers and Apostleship of the Sea.
Application forms for use by organisations other than the above, please click on Other centres.
For any further information, please contact the Society’s Secretary in Sydney:
Tel. (02) 9605 1344 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org