Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association (SSBA)

For over 100 years, the SSBA has supported many people with a connection to the Scottish shore-based maritime industry, who have, at some point in their lives, been unable to support themselves or their families in times of need. This may be through death, illness, redundancy, financial hardship or where they are just unable to financially support their own or dependent’s ambitions for training and advancement.

The SSBA provides individuals in need with hardship funding for such things as paying winter fuel bills and buying basic food supplies. We also provide hardship funding to people indirectly through other related charities, such as the Scottish Nautical Welfare Society.

SSBA bursaries may also be granted to members of the SSBA and their dependants for educational purposes, such as attending college or university.

Grants may be given as one-off awards or regular funding once or twice a year.

Last updated on 1 November 2019

Who is eligible?

Applicants do not have to be a member of the SSBA but must have a connection to the shore-side maritime industry in Scotland. This may be as individuals with a direct connection or people who have or had family members working in that industry.

Also someone undertaking a college course linked to the maritime industry in Scotland and experiencing financial difficulties may apply.

Any assistance is provided at the Director's discretion and decided on a case by case basis with total confidentiality.

We will generally need to see proof of address, copy of financial concerns such as bank statements etc.  A reference may also be asked for.


Grants may be given as one-off awards, regular funding once or twice a year. They are given to help with general support for living, winter fuel, occasional college/university help with fees/accommodation etc.

Grants may be given  directly to the individual or via an intermediary (by giving grants for items rather than money, depending on the circumstances).

They are given at the Directors' discretion and decided on a case by case basis.


School fees and luxury goods are generally excluded.

How to apply?

Individuals, family members or intermediaries may apply.

Application process

You can apply by phone, email or contact us form on the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association's website

The charity also has social media accounts:

Twitter - @SSBA

Facebook -

Enquiries are considered as soon as an enquiry is submitted.

Our Secretary will be your first point of contact, who will then pass the details of your case as swiftly as possible to be assessed by our caring and confidential support team of elected members. We may need evidence to support the claim and our support team may wish to visit you in person. After approval of funds, our support team will keep in touch occasionally to offer any additional help or advice.

How long applications take to process depends on the case and how quickly the documents and references we require are received. All applicants get a response, even if the charity can't help them.

Contact details

Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association
The Clyde Group, Seaforth House, Seaforth Road North
Hillington Park, Glasgow

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