Young people across the West Midlands and Kent could benefit from a share of £500,000 funding from the National Express Foundation.
Since its launch eight years ago, the National Express Foundation has committed a total of £1.5 million to help young people. To date, our support for community groups, colleges and universities has impacted the lives of more than 17,600. This year, the Foundation will distribute £500,000 to ensure young people have access to positive activities within their local communities and have the means to continue with their education.
Applications are now open for local educational institutions and community groups to bid for grants.
The Foundation previously invited local community groups to bid for grants of £2,500 or £5,000. This year groups are once again encouraged to bid for larger amounts of £10,000 or £20,000 to support sustainable projects that provide beneficial and developmental activities for young people in deprived areas.
Educational establishments are also eligible to make a bid for funding. Local colleges and universities can also apply for grants of £10,000 per year towards innovative bursary schemes that help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.
To be eligible, groups or educational institutions must be based within the West Midlands, or within Kent’s ME1-ME12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 or DA13 postal codes. Full guidelines on how to apply and application forms can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.
Applications for funding must be received by Thursday 18 April 2019. However the Foundation will also be running another funding programme later this year.