National Express Foundation pledges another £100,000 to build on local community foundations
Arc Theatre at Barking station
Community group leaders and past beneficiaries from the West Midlands, South Essex and East London have today come together to urge others to submit funding applications in the latest chance to benefit from the National Express Foundation.
The Foundation has made £100,000 available for the fourth successive year for charities, community groups and educational institutions. Grants are available for local projects aimed at providing positive activities for young people in the community and for bursaries to support students who would otherwise be unable to continue in further or higher education.
Since its launch in 2012 the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to local community groups and as a result over two and a half thousand youngsters are enjoying new and exciting activities.
The Foundation provides grants of £2,500 or £5,000 to community groups working with young people, and educational institutions can apply for funding of £10,000 per year with their proposals on bursary schemes to benefit their students.
Jack Dromey MP for Birmingham Erdington, who worked with Sutton Coldfield YMCA on a successful 2014 funding application, said:
"The National Express Foundation provides great support to local community groups who work with young people. Last year the YMCA in my constituency applied for funding to turn a disused building into a Community Hub. As a result of the funding received from the National Express Foundation the hub is now open and holding regular youth clubs and sporting activities. I urge community groups across the West Midlands to put applications forward, I have seen first hand the difference in makes.”
Clifford Oliver, Artistic Director of Arc Theatre in Dagenham, which was awarded £2,500 in 2014, said:
"Last year we used funding from the National Express Foundation to run a specially-devised project examining how anti-social behaviour affects those around us. It culminated in a street theatre performance at Barking station in front of the Mayor, and repeat performances at the Town Hall and local community centres. It was the most amazing week, with phenomenal performances from the young people. None of this would have been possible without the National Express Foundation."
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said:
“The quality of applications for funding from the National Express Foundation last year exceeded our expectations, and we’re delighted we were able to support over two and half thousand local youngsters as a result. We are investing another £100,000 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.”
To be eligible, groups, colleges and universities must be based within the West Midlands or along the c2c line. Full guidelines and details of how to apply can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.
The application deadline for this year's funding is Friday 20 March 2015.