The Foundation for Integrated Transport provides small grants of maximum £2,000 to support the running costs of local campaigns and grassroots groups or networks that are working to boost sustainable transport and tackle climate change.
The local groups we fund could, for example, be campaigning for better local bus or coach services; integrated public transport; public-transport-friendly residential, business or leisure developments; or safe and attractive infrastructure for walking and cycling.
Running costs might include travel expenses, events organisation, postage, or the design and printing of promotional materials.
FIT’s small grants prioritise campaigns that:
- tackle climate change;
- improve access to sustainable transport;
- reduce the reliance on private cars and change attitudes to car ownership; and
- support grassroots citizen groups or networks arguing for radical change on transport.
Who can apply?
FIT is a charity and all awards must be for a good charitable purpose. We can support charities, community interest companies, associations and even for-profit companies, but the purpose of our support must be charitable. Applicants who are not charities should indicate the social impact and public benefit that they propose to create with the support that we give.
We want to reduce the administrative burden on applicants and trustees, so we ask for a one-page document describing the organisation, the project’s objectives and funding requirements. Applications should email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Organisation description: Briefly describe the organisation, its background and number of volunteers. If applicable, also provide the organisation’s charitable status, annual income and expenses, and number of staff. Also provide a primary contact for the project.
- Project description: Please describe the project/campaign: what it is aiming to achieve, why this is necessary, and how it fits with FIT’s funding criteria. If the campaign or project overlaps with others, please outline.
- Budget: Detail how much funding you need and what you plan to spend it on. If you are seeking match funding from elsewhere, also provide details. Provide as much detail as you can. For example, rather than “travel expenses “ provide some detail about who is travelling where, why and how. Rather than “campaigning materials” tell us how many leaflets or posters you plan to print.
- Bank Account Small grants can only be paid into an organisation’s bank account. If this is not possible, please contact email@example.com to discuss other options.
- Referees Please give us the names and contact details of two referees. These should be independent, i.e. not trustees, committee members, employees or volunteers on the project nor funders of the project.
Deadlines and timescales
There are no deadlines as decisions are made by trustees on a rolling basis. We would normally hope to be able to make a decision within two weeks of application.