The government has set up a £1m fund to improve the accessibility of ferry operations on the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly.
Funding is open to bids from all ports servicing the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly and from the ferries that operate to and from these ports to help companies improve their facilities for disabled or reduced mobility passengers.
Hovercraft and hoverport operators are also eligible to apply for the funding.
These islands rely on ferries to connect to the mainland so residents can access services, employment and leisure activities.
It is not expected that there will be similar funding again so potential applicants are being encouraged to make full use of this opportunity.