RNLI back government initiative to get funding for lifeboat groups

PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 October 2015

RNLI lifeboat

RNLI lifeboat

Peter Barker

The group says that it is helping run the scheme with the government

The RNLI in Gravesend are backing a new scheme to help lifeboat charities get funding.

The government’s Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant scheme was announced by maritime minister Robert Goodwill. It gives voluntary rescue groups nationwide a chance to secure funding for lifesaving equipment.

The scheme is being backed by the RNLI in Gravesend, but the group says it won’t be applying itself.

A spokesman for the organisation told the Reporter: “The RNLI at Gravesend will not be applying for the recently announced grants. Instead we collaborate with the fund to support the building of the process, but we do not seek to benefit from the grants funds. Less than 2 per cent of the RNLI’s total funding come from government sources and this is something we are very proud of.”

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