Change on the Water Fund

We believe that addressing human rights and labour standards issues in supply chains is a shared responsibility. The Change on the Water Fund aims to support projects in our member company supply chains that positively impact the human rights and labour standards of fishers and aquaculture workers.

Funding is available to support a broad range of projects, including in the following areas:

  • Access to effective grievance mechanisms
  • Responsible recruitment
  • In-depth human rights due diligence at fishery level (linked to a programme of improvement)
  • Gender equality and inclusion
  • Training on workers rights
  • Ensuring decent work at sea

Through the Change on the Water Fund we want to support a collaborative model for addressing human rights issues that acknowledges shared responsibility for supply chains. Our aim is to share learning on the level of success of different approaches, with a view to encouraging uptake of replicable and scalable approaches.

Who can apply

The Fund is open to members of the SEA Alliance and their partners, and each application must involve collaboration between two or more SEA Alliance participating companies. Inclusion of additional stakeholders in projects is encouraged, but responsibility for project delivery lies primarily with SEA Alliance members. Members may be involved in multiple applications, but may only apply as the lead applicant on one application per funding round.

Match funding of at least 25% of total project costs is required for each project, with higher levels of match funding encouraged where possible.

How to apply

Applications for the first funding round closed on 2 September 2022. The total funding available in the first round of funding was £60,000, with individual grants expected to be £10,000 – £15,000.

Applicants were required to include:

  • The completed application form
  • A short video pitch
  • The completed budget template

A Change on the Water Fund Allocation Panel has been created to review applications, with established assessment criteria. Where panel members are involved in individual applications they will not be involved in the decision-making process on those applications. The Fund Allocation Panel met on 14 September 2022 to review the applications received. An announcement with regards to the successful applicants is due by the end of November 2022. There will be a further round of funding.

For further information on the Change on the Water Fund, or if you would like to discuss an idea for a project, please contact andy.hickman@seafish.co.uk.

Please read the Change on the Water Fund documents and get in touch if you would like to discuss the fund or a specific project idea.