Potential applicants are reminded not to submit an application unless their project contributes to one of the grant priorities and complies fully with all the General Grant Conditions set out below, and the applicant will be willing to accept and sign the General Grant Terms. If applicants are unsure whether their project is eligible, they are invited to contact the Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) by email with any queries before applying.
If the Trust makes a grant award to your organisation, you will usually have to start the project within a year of the date on your grant offer letter; otherwise the grant award may be cancelled. You will have to accept the Trust’s General Grant Terms. For larger projects, you may be required to enter into a Grant Agreement setting out any special conditions which the Trust may decide to impose on your grant award.
Grants are made for projects which will deliver public benefit in one or more of the Trust’s grant priority areas.
Grants will be made only to a registered charity, educational establishment, or other organisation with a charitable purpose which has been in existence for at least three years.
Grants are not made to individuals except in the following circumstances:
- for the development of engineering education resource materials or experiences which will subsequently be available to users free of charge; and
- for the support of the studies of Bridge Wardens’ Scholars. Note that scholarships are awarded through a partner charity and direct applications are not accepted.
Grants must be for public benefit within the historic county of Kent; or in the parishes of Springthorpe, Somerby or Corringham in Lincolnshire; or the parish of Holme with Conington in Cambridgeshire; or the parish of Hassocks in West Sussex. Under the Trust’s scheme, the historic county of Kent includes the areas administered by Kent County Council, Medway Unitary Authority, and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley. Engineering education and awareness projects which also deliver public benefit beyond these areas will be considered.
The maximum grant currently available is £25,000 from the Bridge Wardens’ Grants or River Medway Fund. Most grants will be for lesser sums. The maximum grant available through the Fast-Track scheme is £2,000.
With the exception of research and engineering education projects, grants will be made only for capital works; or for the purchase of materials and resources; or for publication costs. Applications for equipment and materials to support learning in engineering and science are particularly welcome.
The grant sought from the Trust should represent approximately 20% to 75% of the total cost of a project.