THE National Express Foundation, the charity arm of train operator c2c’s parent company, is urging local Essex and east London community groups to submit their applications for funding as the deadline for this year’s scheme approaches.
Local charities, community groups and education institutions have until Friday 18 March to apply for money from the fund’s Â£150,000 pot.
Funding from the National Express Foundation is only available for local groups in south Essex and east London, along with the two other regions where National Express operates local transport services in West Midlands and Medway, Kent.
Since the Foundation’s launch four years ago, thousands of South Essex and East London young people have benefited from being involved in projects with a total of Â£112,500 handed out locally.
There are two different National Express Foundation schemes that local groups can apply for:
– Grants of Â£2,500 or Â£5,000 to support local community groups that provide positive and engaging activities for young people in deprived areas
– Grants of Â£10,000 per year for local colleges and universities towards innovative bursary schemes which help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said:
"We’ve been delighted to support thousands of local youngsters over the past four years, and this year we have increased the total funding pot available by 50% to Â£150,000. 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."
Application forms and full details of how to apply are available online at: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.