4,000 young people to benefit from largest ever National Express Foundation grants

05 December 2019 1:18 PM

Nex Foundation Dec 2019

The National Express Foundation, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people, has once again pledged life changing sums of money to young people via community groups and educational institutions this month.

Since it was launched in 2012, Foundation funding has helped over 22,000 young people. Combined with a round of funding earlier in the year, this year’s grant is expected to benefit over 4,000 young people by supporting them with the cost of their studies and also helping groups to deliver educational and developmental activities for youth in the community.

Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to announce the second round National Express Foundation funding awards for 2019. This is the largest grant we have ever made in a single year, with a total of over £455,000 of funding pledged this year to support over 4,000 young people. We are proud that this funding will help deliver even more positive and developmental activities for local young people and help those who might not otherwise be able to continue with their studies in further and higher education.”

The second funding round of 2019 opened back in October, with groups tasked with providing a simple ‘elevator pitch’ to the team as part of a new, streamlined application process. With over 150 applications received, a rigorous sifting process took place before 15 community groups were awarded a total of £167,500 in funding.

A further £66,000 will be awarded to the University of Bath and Queen Alexandra College Birmingham over three years benefiting 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds and 30 students with learning difficulties on supported internships respectively.

The Young Lives Foundation based in Medway, Kent will use a National Express Foundation grant of £10,000 to establish the National Express Life Skills Programme for young people in care. The programme will run workshops and positive activities to help these young people transition successfully to independent living. The organisation will invite speakers in and work with these care leavers to help them acquire practical life skills, discuss education and employment opportunities, encourage taking further qualifications, practise CV writing and interview techniques and promote healthy and safe lifestyles, as well as giving emotional and mental health support.

Stephen Gray, CEO of the Young Lives Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to have received funding from the National Express Foundation and this will be used to deliver a training programme for care leavers across Medway. Many care leavers face barriers and obstacles and some start to live independently as young as 16,  compared to the national average of leaving home at 24. This funding allows the Young Lives Foundation to provide valuable training on life skills and help many young adults develop the skills they need to face the pressures of living alone at such a young age. We are so grateful and can’t wait to get started!”

The University of Bath will use a grant of £12,000 per year for three years to support four students from low income and low participation backgrounds to progress in their studies and in later life. Research shows graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds go on to earn less than peers from high-income families, even when studying the same course, in the same place.

Professor Ian White FREng DL, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath said:

“Talent is not, and should not be, limited by background; The National Express Foundation Scholarships will improve access to a world-class education for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The full list of community groups to benefit from the Foundation’s second round community grant funding in 2019 are:

Cannon Street Memorial Baptist Church (CSMBC) - £10,000
Coventry Youth for Christ - £10,000
EmployabilityUK - £20,000
Gather Dudley CIC - £5,000
Hall Green Youth - £5,000
Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind - £10,000
Moseley Road Baths CIO - £10,000
New Testament Church of God - Highgate Birmingham - £10,000
Positive Youth Foundation- £20,000
Springs Church - £2,500
Tara Martins Community Project CIC - £10,000
The Cultural Connection - £5,000
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country - £20,000
Young Enterprise - £20,000
Young Lives Foundation - £10,000

Read more about the National Express Foundation here. For more information on the community groups funded this round please click here, and for more information on the educational institution bursary awards please click here.