National Express Foundation
The National Express Foundation is a key element of 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. Ten years on, these factors are still as relevant now as they were when the Foundation launched, particularly as local authority spending on youth provision has continued to fall.
The Foundation aims to tackle these issues through the provision of grants to charitable and community groups for projects which support young people to enjoy positive and developmental activities and promote cross-community cohesion and understanding.
Since early 2020, Covid 19 has had a significant impact on the delivery of services which support young people. Delivery was either suspended or moved online which proved challenging to access for some young people. The pandemic has been particularly difficult to young people with special needs - many of whom rely on face-to-face support.
As we build out of the pandemic, the trustees of the Foundation have decided to refocus our support on initiatives which will help young people to ‘make-up’ for time lost due to Covid.
They want to help young people gain the qualifications they need, to build the skills that will help them get jobs, and to help them develop constructive social networks outside of education or work. Initiatives which seek to support young people with special needs, will be particularly welcome.
Our funding programme in 2021 is open to community groups delivering services within the former West Midlands county boundary* and surrounding districts which are served by National Express West Midlands/Coventry bus routes and National Express Accessible Transport services.
*For clarity, the seven West Midlands council areas within the county boundary are Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
How to apply - 2021 programme
Applications are now invited to apply for funding from the Foundation's 2021 community grants programme.
To make an application, please download and follow the instructions in our guidance notes.
The deadline for the first stage of the application process is: Friday 29 October 2021. Applicants will be advised whether they are being invited to proceed to the second stage by Friday 5 November 2021.
You can access the online application form here, but please download and read the guidance notes first.
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 or partnering with us in some way outside of our funding programme, please contact us at email@example.com