The National Express Foundation is central to National Express Group's support for the wider community in which we operate in the UK.
The public order disturbances in July 2011 highlighted the issues facing young people living in inner-city areas in the UK. The disturbances involved a disproportionate number of people in the 15-24 year age group. Unemployment, boredom and lack of motivation among this group were all cited as factors.
The Foundation aims to tackle these issues in two ways:
- Support for students with challenging personal and financial circumstances to enable them to advance their further and higher education
- The provision of grants to charitable and community groups for projects which support children and young people and promote cross-community cohesion and understanding
Our support is currently directed at organisations in the former West Midlands county boundary (served by our bus business), South Essex or East London (up to a mile north of the c2c line and southwards to the Thames estuary within the London boroughs, or five miles north of the line and southwards to the Thames estuary line through Essex). This year we have also extended our support to the Medway area of Kent served by our Kings Ferry commuter service (postcodes ME1-12 and ME14).
The Foundation, launched in 2012, holds charitable status - Registered Charity Number 1148231. Although the Foundation is supported by National Express Group, it welcomes donations to support its work. If you are interested in donating to the Foundation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now closed for funding requests for 2016 as we have made our awards in this year's programme.
We will open for funding requests again in the first quarter of 2017 at which time details of the application process will be published here.
You can read about which educational institutions and community groups successfully secured funding and how it was used in 2012-to date by clicking the links in the left hand menu.