Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant from the RPM Foundation?

Go here for instructions and an application that can be completed online. You’re also welcome to call the RPM Foundation office first to see if your plans adequately meet the our mission.

I am an individual seeking financial assistance. Am I eligible for a grant?

The RPM Foundation does not award grants to individuals. All scholarships and grants must go to educational institutions or non-profit organizations. Please inquire with the educational institutions or organization you are interested in.

How may I request RPM Foundation information, items or marketing materials for an event or my office?

Please email your request to [email protected]; or call 1-855-537-4579.

What does RPM Foundation typically fund?

Today, RPM funds educational programs on the pathway to careers in automotive, motorcycle and marine restoration & preservation. Funding almost always goes to educational institutions or organizations that offer restoration & preservation degree or certificate programs or courses. All grant awardees utilize collector vehicles, motorcycles or wooden boats as teaching tools and provide maximum opportunity for hands-on learning experiences with master craftsmen and artisans.

What is the age group is the focus of your funding?

We are particularly interested in supporting programs that are focused on high school and college-age students.

I have a vehicle or boat I’d like to donate for the cause/or auction at a charity on behalf of the RPM Foundation, how should I proceed?

The best thing to do is call us at 1-855-537-4579, or send an email to [email protected] to discuss the options for donating.

I am raising money for a cause. Am I eligible for a grant?

If the cause directly fits the mission of the RPM Foundation, a grant might be considered.  We recommend a call to the RPM Foundation office first, before spending time on a formal proposal.

How can I get involved?

How would you like to be involved?  Mentoring?  Donating?  Please contact us at [email protected] and let’s find time to talk.

I am trying to start a program at my school/a local school. What steps should I take and what resources to you offer?

The RPM Foundation now has quite a lot of experience with educational institutions and organizations around the country that have started programs.  You are invited to call us at 1-855-537-4579 or email [email protected] and through our discussion, it’s likely some good ideas will emerge to get you started.

What is a grant?  What is a scholarship?

For our purposes, a grant is a sum of money given in response to a request for a specific program, equipment, or project.  Scholarships – for our purposes – are given to post-secondary schools that have programs in restoration technology, rod and custom building, transportation design, classic boat design and construction.  The schools then award the scholarship funds to students who meet the criteria set by the RPM Foundation.

Are you a public or private charity?

The RPM Foundation is a public charitable organization. The RPM Foundation receives its funds from collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts who wish to support young people and the future of their hobby. All gifts to the RPM Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.