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Grant Applications


You must apply by completing our application form. Please make sure you read our guidelines carefully before making an application.

The guidelines will help you:

  • Determine if your school or charitable organisation is eligible to receive a grant
  • Understand how the application process works
  • Complete your application form

Depending on the size of the grant you are seeking, not all of the questions on the form will be relevant to you.

  • You must apply by completing our application form. Before completing the form, please read the Guidance Notes for Grant Applications.

    Once we have received your application, together with any supporting documents, we will assess whether it complies with the Trustee’s guidelines.

    Accepted applications are considered at Trustee meetings.

    There are two types of grants to apply for:

    • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year. Open from:
      • 1st March to 30th April
      • 1st June to 31st July
      • 1st September to 30th October
      • 1st December to 28th February 
    • Large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3,000
      • Next open date for Large Grants: 1st September 2016 – deadline 31st January 2017

    Once the Trustees have made a decision, we will write to all applicants.

    We receive many more applications than we unfortunately have resources for. Therefore the number of applicants we are able to help is limited. Please bear in mind that the decision of the Trustees is final.

    As part of our decision-making process, we reserve the right to visit applying organisations to view the project first hand, or speak to those involved.

    Please note, if your application is successful, you will be required to confirm receipt of your grant. Failure to do so within three months of receipt of a grant cheque may result in your organisation becoming ineligible to receive further grants for up to five years.

    Make an application:

    How to fill in the form
    Please complete ALL questions

    If a question does not apply to your application, please state N/A.

    Answers may be continued on a separate sheet if necessary. Supporting documents (e.g. budget submissions, project outlines, quotations for equipment etc) must be submitted with your application if appropriate.

    Please submit copies of your organisation's most recent Report and Accounts with all large grant applications, where available. Please bear in mind that we do not return any documents. However, if you request the return of specific items, we will do our best to comply.

    Applications are accepted on the understanding that successful organisations may appear in possible publicity that the Ford Britain Trust or Ford Motor Company Limited produce.

    The Trust encourages and welcomes any appropriate public acknowledgement of grants, including the use of the Trust's logo on any publicity about the grant and/or on any relevant materials that the organisation may produce.

  • Grants cannot be provided to individuals.

    Grant applications from the following organisations will be considered:

    • Registered charities
    • Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only. Independent/private, fee paying, schools will not be considered)
    • Non-profit organisations (including small clubs and societies)

    Grant applications supporting the following activities will be considered:

    • Work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment
    • Work with young people/children
    • Education/schools (mainstream)
    • Special education needs
    • People with disabilities

    Grant applications will only be considered for projects being undertaken/expenditure being made in locations near Ford Motor Company Limited / FCE Bank plc UK operations:

    Grant applications are considered for the following purposes:

    • Contributions to capital projects (e.g. refurbishments)
    • Capital expenditure items (e.g. furniture/equipment/computers)
    • Contributions towards the purchase of new Ford vehicles (maximum grant £2,000)
    • General funds (small grants up to £250 only)

    Additional conditions:

    • Applications for IT equipment will be subjected to the list below:
      • PC (inc software) £450
      • Laptop (inc software) £500
      • Colour printer (laser) £200
      • 3D Printer £1,250
      • Projector £250
      • Smart Board £2,200
      • i-pad/mini £400/£200
      • MacBook £1,000
    • Grants towards buying new Ford vehicles will be for a maximum of £2,000. If you are intending to buy vehicles, you will need to confirm that at least two thirds of the purchase price has been raised from other funding sources

    Grant applications are NOT considered if they support the following purposes or activities:

    • Core funding
    • General running costs
    • Major building works
    • Sponsorship or advertising
    • Research
    • Overseas projects 
    • Travel
    • Religious projects
    • Political projects
    • Purchase of second-hand vehicles
    • Third party fundraising initiatives (exceptions may be made for fundraising initiatives by Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees)

    Guidance notes for Grant Applicants 2017

  • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year. Open from:

    • 1st March to 30th April
    • 1st June to 31st July
    • 1st September to 30th October
    • 1st December to 28th February

    Large grant applications are considered at Trustees meetings in March and September.
    Application deadlines are published on the Ford Britain Trust overview page.