Charity and Sponsorship Committee

We're committed to making a real difference to the communities we serve. One of the ways we do this is by supporting a wide range of charitable causes and community organisations.

Our Charity and Sponsorship Committee is made up of First people from across the North of England region. The committee considers and makes decisions on requests for funding and gifts in kind. It bases these decisions on charitable criteria, which include:

  • Young People
  • Health
  • The Environment

Unfortunately, we can't say yes to every request we get. So if your application doesn't meet these charitable criteria, we won't be able to accept it.

Any funding decision we make is final. We won't discuss our decisions with applicants.

If you're applying for funding from outside the FirstGroup, you'll need to include a supporting letter from a FirstGroup employee. We'll need this from you at the same time as we receive your application, or we won't be able to consider it.

Off the Buses Charity Newsletter

Off The Buses is our Charity & Sponsorship Committee newsletter in the North Region. You'll find the latest issue here.

Community Investment Exclusion Policy

We also have a Community Investment Exclusion Policy, which identifies types of initiatives and causes that we do not fund. These include:

  • Political parties or bodies
  • Promotion of religious beliefs
  • Third-party giving organisations
  • Projects funded from local or central government
  • The Arts (unless the donation provides direct support to one of our criteria)
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research projects that are not directly associated with the needs of the business

How to Apply

We're sorry to advise that we're unable to accept new applications after Friday 11 April 2014.

We hope to provide information on the new arrangements in the near future.