Nonprofit groups in Western New York are facing a deadline to apply for a new van through the 2014 Ford Friendship Express program, presented by the WNY Ford Dealers.
The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 20; applications and guidelines are available at www.wnyford.com, under the “local events” tab. To be eligible, groups must reside in the New York state counties of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus or Allegany, or the Pennsylvania counties of Potter or McKean. A selection committee will determine which applicants receive vans. Three vans were awarded in the 2013 program; the same number will likely be awarded in 2014, but the total could be more or less, at the discretion of the program’s selection committee.
The program since 1996 has awarded 71 vans valued at $1.8 million to area groups. The 2014 announcement will be made in February at the Buffalo Auto Show.