The British Motorsport Trust allocate grants to various projects that fit underneath one of the charity’s two core programmes: the Volunteers and Marshals Training Programme and the Safety Development Fund programme.
Grants are available to support additional or enhanced safety improvements which comply with Motorsport UK requirements or regulations. In a typical year around 60 grant applications are approved with in excess of £150,000 awarded, which through partnership funding brings a total safety benefit to the sport approaching £500,000 each year.
Grants are available to support training for volunteer marshals and officials who are members of recognised motor clubs and affiliated organisations. The training must be delivered through a network of Motorsport UK Licensed Training Instructors who run training according to identified need across the UK and its islands annually under the Motorsport UK Training Day Programme. In a typical year the BMSTT makes around 130 awards in this category, representing total grant aid in excess of £200,000.
Further information about the associated criteria for these programmes, the application process, and additional details can be found below.
The Safety Development Fund programme is open to application by Motorsport UK Registered Clubs or other Motorsport UK Registered or Licensed Organisations (at the discretion of the Trustees). Priority will be given to applications which are considered most likely to further improve safety aspects of motor sport. This programme includes, but is not limited to, four major strands:
Points to consider before applying for a grant
Before completing a grant application form, please refer to the relevant FAQ’s which list typical examples of eligible projects.
Please also bear in mind the following important points which apply to all applications:
When you are ready to start completing the application form, please do this as fully as possible, as the more detail and supporting information you can provide, the easier it is for the Trust’s Awards Panel to properly consider your application and reach a positive decision. Please remember to include copies of paid invoices if relevant purchases have already been made, or a copy of a quotation if a purchase is still pending at the time of application.
Please ignore any questions on the form which you may consider irrelevant to your particular application.
Please return completed application forms (by post or e-mail) to the Trust General Secretary as below. Applications are normally considered by the Awards Panel in batches approximately every 4 weeks, and feedback to applicants is normally provided within two weeks thereafter at most, or once any queries raised by the Awards Panel have received a satisfactorily response.
For any further information, please contact the Trust General Secretary’s Office:
Allan Dean-Lewis MBE, “Birds Nest”, 28 Tan y Bryn Road, Llandudno, LL30 1UU
Tel: (+44) 0780 159 1332 | E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closed Road Event Safety Grants exist to assist Clubs running ‘closed road’ events in all the home countries and islands of the UK, whether rally or speed in nature, and whether to existing or new legislation. The percentage grant is intended to assist with the purchase of spectator safety and control equipment and statutory (local/national authority) safety signage that may be required for the running of such events.
The maximum grant available is £600 per Motorsport UK Club per year (representing no more than 75% of costs to that figure) for the first year of application and a maximum of £300 for the second year run by the same club.
Grants also remain available to all appropriate Motorsport UK Clubs towards the purchase of safety management radios and fire extinguishers to further improve Rally Safety.
Venue Safety and Sustainability Improvement Grants apply to fixed and temporary venues, including noise management projects, where they help to ensure continued or extended use of a venue. Track or course works are normally eligible for grant aid (especially where recommended by Motorsport UK Venue Inspectorate), whereas buildings and infrastructure generally are not.
Rescue Units and Equipment Grants are available on a sliding scale of percentages for the replacement or renewal of Motorsport UK Licensed Rescue Units and their currently Motorsport UK specified equipment. The level of grant available recognises the potential life-saving role which these volunteer manned units perform. This grant is not available for normal service and maintenance requirements.
Recovery Units and Equipment Grants are available on a sliding scale of percentages for the replacement or renewal of Motorsport UK Licensed Recovery Units and their currently Motorsport UK specified equipment. The level of grant available recognises that for some units a level of commercial activity may be undertaken which is outside the remit of the Trust’s grant aid. This grant is not available for normal service and maintenance requirements.
The British Motorsport Trust provides block grant aid funding each year for Safety Training related projects. These include but are not limited to: Marshals Training Days; Rescue & Recovery Training Days; and Medical Training Days.
Please note that the management and administration of these lie with the Motorsport UK Training Department, and a different application process for that grant aid consideration exists. You cannot use the Safety Development Fund (or the Motorsport UK Motor Sport Development Fund) application forms for this purpose.
For further information regarding the Volunteers & Marshals Training Day support programme please contact the Motorsport UK Training Department on 01753 765000 or e-mail email@example.com
The grant received has really helped our club to improve safety around the track (including new safety fencing and barriers to replace wagon tyres) and has created positive feedback from all our competitors. Applying for the grant was easy, and the help given when doing so was faultless.
Any visit to our cliff top circuit on the exposed North coast of Jersey emphasises the importance of proper safety equipment, which is even more relevant when bad weather further adds to the challenges facing event organisers. Thanks to the grant from the BMSTT these problems are many times reduced, with our old heavy and aged catch fencing curtain now replaced with 15 modern safety barriers in softer impact lower density foam. Last minute cancellations are now a thing of the past, and we are grateful to the Trust for their guidance and support. Sincere thanks from the Channel Islands.
With vehicle construction constantly changing through increased use of lighter and stronger materials, we regularly review the capabilities of both ourselves and our Rescue Unit equipment. After recent trialling, we opted for a new inclined cutter as it offered the improvement in operational capability and enhanced ergonomics and handling that we were looking for, and the Trust grant received made this possible for us. As recently as 2018 grant from the BMSTT also enabled us to source a replacement rescue vehicle. This continuing and valued support enables us to operate an efficient and reliable rescue unit capable of meeting the challenges of today and beyond, and thus maintain safety cover at all our events.
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