Sorry no more nominations – deadline has now closed for 2018
The team at SLM Toyota Uckfield faces a tough task in choosing a charity to nominate for a grant from the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow now that the deadline for suggestions has passed.
Thirty good causes have asked to be considered and SLM Toyota manager Mark Stevens said that while he knew immediately that some wouldn’t meet the Toyota criteria there were many more fantastic projects in the running.
He said: “We now have about 20 really good charities that we need to narrow down to a shortlist of four or five and that is going to be very difficult. I have spoken to so many of these people about their work that I have become quite emotionally involved.”
Mr Stevens and SLM Toyota marketing manager Mel Ball have begun drawing up separate shortlists ready for discussion before merging them into one. Next Mr Stevens aims to speak again to those four or five charities before choosing one to be nominated for the grant.
He added “We don’t want to disappoint anyone but on the plus side it is great that so much good is being done in the community and we might be able to help one of those projects.
“Once the grant has been awarded we hope to be able to continue a relationship with the organisation.
“The grant of up to £2,000 is the start of the process. It’s a great gift but we know it won’t change the world and what happens after that will be more impactful. We would like to work with them, using our links in the community, and help spread their message.”
SLM Toyota Uckfield has successfully secured grants in the past for Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare towards paying for fostering of animals, £1150, and for St Mary’s School at Horam for £2,000.
The criteria Toyota will use to make the final decision when awarding grants will include:
- Impact upon community
- Team work
- Strategic focus – what the money will be used for, whether for environmental purposes, health and social issues for example.
- Visibility – how can we help that project
- Measurement – how can we measure the impact of the project, a key deciding factor.
Mr Stevens said SLM Toyota Uckfield will only put groups and charities forward where they know Toyota’s guidelines have been met.
He added: “I didn’t know until I began to delve into this how many organisations are strapped for cash. We will definitely aim to help another project in the same way next year.”