A seafarer and his family who received a grant from the ISWAN Hardship Fund during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ISWAN Hardship Fund is a small grants fund for Filipino seafarers with immediate and unexpected needs due to COVID-19, including document processing for re-embarkation, household expenses, urgent medical attention and other unforeseen emergencies.

Thanks to funding from Trafigura Foundation, we are reopening this Fund for a limited time - please see below for details on eligibility and how to apply.


  1. The applicant must be an active Filipino seafarer with an SIRB and passport.
  2. The applicant must have signed off their last vessel after 1 January 2020.
  3. There is no other source available to cover such costs resulting from necessity or emergency. Applicants must have exhausted other options including going through family and relatives, social benefits or their employer.
  4. Applicants must be able to demonstrate or provide documents relating to their hardship and need for support.
  5. One grant equals US$150 and a seafarer can only receive one grant in a calendar year.

How to apply

Please e-mail ISWAN's Coordinator in the Philippines, Aiza Bautista, at if you wish to apply.

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We are grateful to our main funders for their continued support: