RPM Foundation Restoration Grant Opportunity

Please take a look at this grant announcement for automotive and BOAT restoration.

Who we are:

The Restoration Preservation Membership (RPM) Foundation provides the pathway to careers for the next generation of automotive and marine restoration and preservation craftsmen and artisans through formal training and mentorship.

What we do:

We promote interest in collectible cars and boats by developing the next generation of enthusiasts, restorers and craftsmen. By providing funding through scholarships and grants to organizations that have a proven history of being committed to the ‘hands-on’ training of young people, we are securing the future of the automotive and marine restoration and preservation industries.

What RPM is looking for:

We are concerned about the future and the fact that fewer young people are learning the trades and skills that will help preserve our heritage. To that end, we help organizations who are dedicated to instructing and training young people, primarily 18-25 year olds, to restore and preserve vintage cars and boats, as well as providing them with a pathway to careers.

Typical Grant Awards & Expectations:

An average first-time grant award is about $10,000. Grant awardees are required to submit progress reports including posting photos with captions, as well as videos on a private, secured KoolProjects website throughout the term of the grant. Applicants should also provide information about other funding sources should RPM only award a portion of the applicant amount requested.

To some degree, we have supported relevant museums by underwriting the cost of student tours and internships, and even helped organizations purchase restoration tools and equipment, but you have a better chance of receiving an RPM Foundation grant if you have a hands-on training program that provides a pathway to careers for students 18-25 years old. Our highest priorities today are student scholarships, internships and apprenticeships. We never fund salaries. Please note that we rarely support institutional infrastructure or equipment needs, or start-up programs. Established programs with a track record really get our attention.

Click here for a link to the full application.

2017-18 Application Dates:

Deadlines Announcement Dates
March 24, 2017 May 5, 2017
August 25, 2017 October 12, 2017
December 8, 2017 January 26, 2018

RPM Foundation Website

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