Need funding?

If your program is committed to hands-on education and teaching young people the specialized skills and knowledge needed to maintain cars, motorcycles and boats, we admire what you’re doing. And we want to help fund it!

Aren’t sure if your program fits? Check out our list of past recipients to get a good idea of what programs we’ve already funded, and read all of the information on this page to learn what we’re looking for. Feel free to contact us with your program details to see if it fits before you spend time on an application.

APPLY FOR FUNDING

Before completing the application, please read the following carefully.

Who we are:

The RPM Foundation supports the education and training of the next generation of restoration and preservation craftsmen, and women. RPM safeguards the critical skills necessary to restore and preserve collector vehicles by supporting hands-on training and engaging the next generation.

What we do:

We promote interest in collectible cars, motorcycles 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 vehicle restoration and preservation industry.

What we’re 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 the next generation to restore and preserve vintage cars, motorcycles 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 via social media updates 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.


Our highest priorities today are student apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships. The RPM Foundation does not fund salaries. Equipment / parts / materials funding requests must be accompanied by an itemized cost list. Programs with a proven track record of career placement stand the best chance of receiving funding.


2020-21 Application Dates:

Deadlines Announcement Dates
December 3, 2021 February 4, 2022
April 8, 2022 June 17, 2021
December 9, 2022 February 3, 2023

 

All grant applications must be received by end of business day (5 pm PST) of the application deadline date.