The Robert Shannon Foundation was established in 2003 to perpetuate the memory of Robert Shannon, founder of Shannons Insurance, who died unexpectedly in March 2000. Robert was an avid classic car enthusiast, who especially enjoyed his 1930 Invicta S Type. He was a strong supporter of the historic motoring movement and was concerned that it was not attracting enough younger people, particularly in the areas of the preservation and restoration of classic vehicles.

Disclaimer: The Robert Shannon Foundation has no connection with Shannons Insurance.

All correspondence with the Robert Shannon Foundation should be via the relevant State or Territory Council.

The Robert Shannon Foundation is a registered Charity and as such, there are conditions that must be met before a grant can be awarded. These are detailed here.

Aims of the Foundation

After the success of the Shannons 2001 National Motoring Tour, the Australian Historic Motoring Federation (AHMF) established the Robert Shannon Foundation. The AHMF is the national body representing classic and historic vehicle clubs in all states and territories. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage people under the age of 30 to become involved in the restoration and preservation of veteran, vintage, post-vintage, historic 50’s, historic 60’, historic 70's and historic 80’s vehicles up to 30 years old.

The Foundation may:

  • help with the purchase of specialist tools or equipment
  • assist with the actual cost of restoration work
  • contribute toward TAFE or other fees
  • contribute toward any project considered worthwhile by the Trustees.


The Robert Shannon Foundation operates a limited funds account to finance these grants. Essentially the funds are invested for the year at the best current rates available through an Australian financial institution. The sum available for grants is then based on the interest earned from that investment. To assist increasing the value of these grants, we would appreciate donations to help build our investment funds. Unfortunately, although having gained recognition as a charitable organisation we are still working on making donations tax deductible.

Grant Eligibility

Any person (or group of people) under the age of thirty years, and engaged in studying automotive restoration and preservation, or actively working on historic vehicles is eligible to nominate for a grant.

Grant Application Process

Before completing an Application, an individual or group must seek the support of their local historic vehicle club. This club must be affiliated with the appropriate state or territory council. The supporting club must complete the relevant section of the Application Form and forward the application to its state council for endorsement.

Time frames

  1. Applications for a Grant must be in the hands of the Secretary of the State or Territory Council by 1st May annually. (It is recommended Applications are forwarded to State or Territory councils well before 1st May for assessment.)
  2. Applications for a Grant must be in the hands of the AHMF Chairman by 1st June annually. (Applications received after this date will be assessed with the submissions for the following year and will require a detailed and updated report from the applicant, supporting club and State or Territory Council.)


The following conditions and responsibilities are provided to assist applicants and their Clubs in applying / nominating for consideration of grants from the Robert Shannon Foundation.

  1. Grants will be made ONLY to Australian citizens, under the age of 30 years.

  2. Applicants must be members of an approved club, affiliated with a State, Territory or Regional Council of the Australian Historic Motoring Federation (AHMF).

  3. Nominating Clubs are required to provide a Mentor, (preferably NOT a parent of the Applicant) that has suitable qualification or skill to guide the applicant for each project. The Mentor must be prepared to provide an independent annual report to the Trustees by 30th June, advising skill levels achieved and of progress made or of completion of the project. Photographic and digital records from the mentor are encouraged and these may be posted on the AHMF and State Council websites.

  4. Grant recipients are required to provide their own report by 30th June annually and upon completion of the project.

    It is the responsibility of the supporting club to provide independent follow up in this area.

  5. A significant requirement is the display of the completed project.

    The vehicle is to be made available for public display at National Heritage Motoring Day events, State and Regional displays and other Public events. The displays are to be documented by digital and photographic means. These reports and photographs may be posted on the AHMF and State Council websites. This documentation will be made available to the Trustees.

  6. In addition to the grants for restoration projects, The Robert Shannon Foundation may provide in each year, 1 (one) payment contributing to Fees applicable for courses relating to Automotive or Engineering Training, and provided at a TAFE or other such Accredited Training Facility for a Club Member of an AHMF affiliated Council.

    The successful Applicant may, when arranging their course payment, direct relevant accounts to:

    The Robert Shannon Foundation
    PO Box 178
    Northgate Qld 4013

    Further detail regarding this grant may be obtained by contacting the Robert Shannon Foundation Chairman on 0419 789 151.

  7. All Applications for Grants should be first assessed at a Club level for suitability. The Club is to follow up with the applicant to ensure all aspects of the Submission are covered.

    The Club then forwards the Application, along with covering letter, to the State or Territory Council for endorsement by 1st May in each year.

  8. State or Territory Councils are to ensure all Submissions are sent to the Robert Shannon Foundation by 1st June in any year for the Trustees to assess via the selection process.

In past years, many of the Submissions received have not meet the guidelines for the grant. So, ensure you follow the conditions and grant process closely.

The Australian Historic Movement will be the beneficiary of the support and trust that we place in these dedicated and enthusiastic young members.

Application Form

Please refer to the Sample Application to enable you to see what the Trustees will be looking for when evaluating your application.

Download the Application for Grant Form and clearly detail why you deserve our assistance with your project.