Deadline approaches for National Express Foundation funding to support local young people
The National Express Foundation is urging educational institutions and community groups to get themselves in gear and apply for funding to support Medway youngsters before this year’s deadline on 18 March.
Local young people in Medway could for the first time benefit from thousands of pounds of funding from the National Express Foundation.
Over 8,000 young people have been supported by the Foundation since its launch in 2012. To build on this success the Foundation is this year extending its support to Medway, Kent. The Kings Ferry, part of the wider National Express Group, is a well-known local employer and coach company in the area.
The amount of Foundation funding available this year has also been increased by 50% to a new total of £150,000. As a result, thousands more youngsters will benefit.
Over the last four years hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding has been used to support young people in the West Midlands, South Essex and East London. This year is the first year that support has been extended to the Medway, Kent area.
The funding, provided in the form of grants, helps young people in these regions to enjoy exciting and engaging activities, and also to continue with their education whereas they may not have otherwise been able to.
The Foundation provides grants of £2,500 or £5,000 to support local community groups that will provide positive and engaging activities for young people in deprived areas.
Community groups are not the only ones to benefit from Foundation funding, as local colleges and universities can also apply for grants of £10,000 per year towards innovative bursary schemes which help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.
To be eligible, groups or educational institutions must be based within Kent’s ME1-ME12 or ME14 postal codes in the Medway area. Full guidelines on how to apply and application forms can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.
Applications for funding must be received by midday on Friday 18 March 2016.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said:
“Over the last four years the National Express Foundation has been able to support over 8,000 youngsters and we’re really pleased that this year we are extending our geographical reach to benefit young people in Medway.
“For 2016 we increased the funding available to £150,000 to help even more local young people in the communities that we serve. I would urge all local educational institutions and community groups to put in an application for funding and not miss out on this great opportunity to support local youngsters.”