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Awards and Loans

The Trust offers financial assistance to individuals or groups to carry through restoration or improvement projects to completion. The Trust also invites enquiries about sponsoring one or more Awards.


The National Transport Trust relies on Donations and Legacies to fund its restoration awards and Red Wheel initiatives.

If you would like to assist via a donation please click the donate the button below or to find out more about legacies click the Legacy button

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To assist members in progressing their projects, the Trust will approve loans to members. Any request for a loan must have a clear link to a specific preservation project, meet defined financial conditions and be able demonstrate a clear route to how the loan can be repaid.

These loans can be of upto 5 years duration and for amounts between £5,000 and £10,000. Before a loan can be agreed, our Trustees will need to be satisfied that sufficient revenue can be generated from the project to repay the loan in the required timescale, and the loan must clearly be about preserving a significant item(s) of Transport Heritage. Security will also be required to protect the Trust's Funds


Examples of where the Trust has assisted projects via Loans are:-


  • Baby Deltic Recreation Project - assistance for materials to commence the project
  • 1903 Electric Autocar Trust - bridging finance associated with HLF payments
  • Gwili Vintage Carriage Group - for cosmetic restoration of Taff Vale 28
  • Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust - Turntable restoration bridging finance

 Case studies - click here


For more information, please contact in the first instance the Treasurer:

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Registered address:

National Transport Trust, First Floor, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0SR 

Registered under the Charities Acts No. 280943.



The Trust will occasionally make Awards to schemes which significantly enhance Transport preservation.  A good past example of this being seed funding for a specialist apprentice program.

For more information, please contact in the first instance the Treasurer

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Restoration Awards
The Trust supports preservation projects that are underway but not completed. Applicants need to show that some progress has already been made, that there is a clear and costed future plan and a realistic likelihood of completion within 12 months of the application being made. Applications will assessed on the basis of rarity, technical historic or social significance, quality of workmanship, proportion of work being carried out by applicant, originality of design and materials. In addition The Trust needs to be satisfied that, after restoration, the item will be seen and enjoyed at reasonable intervals by the general public and that, as far as is reasonably foreseeable, the item is not destined for the market place and will be retained by the restoring owner/s. Infrastructure projects will not be considered for this award scheme. For tips on applicability and how to apply for award .... 
Read more ...About Restoration Awards


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