The Trust has decided to ‘go for gold’ and apply for a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The current economic climate means that, despite all the kindness and generosity of our many supporters, the Trustees have concluded that donations are unlikely to keep pace with the demands of Boleh’s restoration.

A comprehensive bid has just been submitted to HLF with letters of support from Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Naval Museum, Dolphin Quay boatyard, IT Paragon, and Bay House School, Gosport. If successful, HLF funding will allow us to complete Boleh’s restoration with an enhanced apprentice training programme and wide community engagement. We expect to hear the result of our Round 1 bid in December.