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MSA announces new Rescue Development Fund
The new fund will provide grant aid for the purchase or refurbishment of safety related equipment (to MSA specification) for MSA Rescue and Recovery Units, including the renewal of the units themselves, enabling them to be best equipped to undertake their essential duties at UK motor sport events.

The Rescue Development Fund will also provide MSA Clubs and MSA Rescue and Recovery operators with assistance for schemes that promote the work of their units, in particular where this is targeted at the recruitment and retention of crew members. It is hoped that the fund will be of specific interest to non-commercial clubs, and applications for grant aid will also be considered for the supply of MSA branded safety clothing for new licensed Rescue crew members and trainees.

The Rescue Development Fund is an extension of the existing Club Development Fund programme, which has itself been responsible for grant aiding projects worth almost £2.4 million since its inception in 1995. Both are supported by the British Motor Sports Training Trust to which the MSA Group contributed over £300,000 in 2006.

“The establishment of this fund is an important recognition of the excellent and vital work undertaken by the MSA Rescue and Recovery Units,” says Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. “As a result of the considerable expenditure required to equip and operate these units, we felt that it was important to extend the hugely successful Club Development Fund into this area. We are delighted that the trustees of the British Motor Sports Training Trust have agreed and we hope that this will have a major impact, in particular among the non-commercial clubs.”

Application forms for the Club Development Fund (to include the Rescue Development Fund) are available on request from the MSA and can also be downloaded from the ‘MSA Forms` section of the website www.msauk.org.

Club Development Fund criteria:
• Applications must be submitted by MSA Registered Clubs.
• Grant aid eligibility and actual level of awards are decided by an Awards Panel which comprises at least one member of the Motor Sports Council, the Chairman (or deputy) of the MSA Regional Committee, and an MSA Executive.
• Priority is given to those applications which are safety related or include proposals for venue improvements (in line with MSA requirements or recommendations). Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a residual capital value to the club of projects grant aided.
• Awards are not made for the purchase of vehicles, office or information technology related products, because of the high depreciation of these items.
• The maximum award is 50% of project value up to a maximum grant total in a year to each applying club of £2,500 (i.e. towards a £5,000 or greater value project).

Rescue Development Fund criteria:
• Applications must be submitted by MSA Registered Clubs, but may be on behalf of MSA licensed Rescue and Recovery units.
• Grant aid eligibility and actual level of awards are decided by an Awards Panel which comprises at least one member of the Motor Sports Council, the Chairman (or deputy) of the MSA Regional Committee, and an MSA Executive.
• Priority will be given to those applications which relate to the purchase or refurbishment of safety related equipment (to MSA specification), including the purchase or replacement of the units themselves. Applications are also invited for grant aid to assist with schemes for the promotion and marketing of the work of the units where this is targeted at recruitment and retention of crew members, and also for the supply of MSA branded safety clothing for new licensed Rescue and Recovery crew members and trainees.
• Awards are not made towards the running costs of vehicles or to subsidise their attendance at events.
• There is no maximum award, but the principle of partnership funding will still apply. The average level of award is anticipated to be in excess of that previously granted by the Club Development Fund. A maximum of one award will be made per licensed Rescue or Recovery unit in any one calendar year.

Further information and advice on the eligibility of individual projects is available from Allan Dean-Lewis or Richard Nunn at the MSA on 01753 765000.