National Express Foundation pledges another £100,000 to support local community groups
Local charities and community groups in South Essex and East London have their latest chance to benefit from the National Express Foundation, which has opened for new applications.
The National Express Foundation, operated by the parent company of local train operator c2c, has made £100,000 available for the third year running to charities, community groups, colleges and universities based in the areas where National Express operates public transport, including along the c2c line. The grants are aimed at projects providing positive activities for young people, and for colleges and universities to provide grants to help students continue their education.
Last year the Lee Chapel North Helping Hands community group in Basildon received £5,000 from the National Express Foundation to run a series of job clubs for local young people. John McKay, chair of the group, said: "This award was a lifeline for our voluntary work, and it meant we could help more local kids into work. It's heartening to know that there are companies who care as much as we do about our community, and other groups should apply to the National Express Foundation as it can help make a huge difference."
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said: "The level of interest in the National Express Foundation last year exceeded all our expectations, and we're delighted we were able to support over a thousand local youngsters as a result. We are investing another £100k into the Foundation this year to provide more awards for local community groups, colleges and universities. We know so many people are active in the local community, so if they think they would benefit from our support we urge them to look at our funding criteria and put forward an application."
Other local groups who received funding last year included:
- South Essex College received £20,000 in funding, on top of a £30,000 grant the year before
- £5,000 for the Theatre Royal Stratford East to run programmes providing an introduction to the arts for volunteers aged 13-24, and for workshop sessions for young poets
- £2,500 for the East London Community Sports Association to provide a youth rugby programme at Memorial Park, near West Ham station
- £2,500 for the B'3 Foundation in Newham, to provide personal development programmes for local young people to help boost their confidence and set personal goals
To be eligible a community group, college or university must be based within five miles of the c2c route and provide positive activities for young people in deprived areas. Full guidelines on how to apply can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.
Applications need to be received by Friday 28 March 2014.