National Express pledges another £100,000 to build on community foundations in the West Midlands
Community group leaders from across the West Midlands who benefitted from grants from the National Express Foundation have today come together to urge others to apply for funding.
Since its launch last year the Foundation has awarded tens of thousands of pounds to community groups working with young people and as a result 750 youngsters are enjoying new and exciting activities.
Andi Smith from Urban Cycles joined Tom Clarke-Forrest from Sport 4 Life UK, both of whom received funding from the Foundation in 2012, to urge other community groups in the region to apply for grants of £2,500 or £5,000.
To be eligible a community group must be based within the West Midlands and provide positive activities for young people in deprived areas. Full guidelines on how to apply can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.
Community groups are not the only ones to benefit from the Foundation as local colleges and universities also received grants to help students from deprived backgrounds into further or higher education.
Educational institutions can apply for funding of £10,000 per year with their proposals for a bursary scheme that benefits their students.
Applications need to be received by midday on Thursday 28 March 2013.
Andi Smith of Urban Cycles and recipient of funding in 2012 said:
"In 2012 National Express Foundation donated a significant grant to Urban Cycles. The grant enabled Urban Cycles to purchase a stock of elite road bikes, which have since formed the back bone of equipment for a whole new kind of elite cycling team. Thanks to the support the National Express Foundation gave us our team will race for the first time in summer 2013."
Anthony Vigor Chairman of the National Express Foundation said:
"The level of interest in the National Express Foundation last year exceeded all our expectations, and we're delighted we were able to support 750 local youngsters as a result. We are investing another £100k 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."