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Deadline Approaches for National Express Foundation Funding to Support Local Young People

The National Express Foundation is urging educational institutions and community groups to get themselves in gear and apply for National Express Foundation funding to support local youngsters before this year’s application deadline on 10 March.

Youngsters across the Black Country could benefit from thousands of pounds of funding from the National Express Foundation.

As in previous years, the Foundation will provide funding to help local disadvantaged students attend further and higher education, as well as grants to help support local community groups that provide positive activities for young people.

Since its launch in 2012, the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds which has helped over 11,000 young people enjoy exciting and engaging activities and to continue with their education.

The charity opened for 2017 applications last month and is offering local educational institutions and community groups the opportunity to bid for grants out of the £150,000 funding available. Applications must be received by Friday 10 March 2017.

The Foundation provides grants of £2,500 or £5,000 to support local community groups that will provide positive and engaging activities for young people in deprived areas.

Community groups are not the only ones to benefit from Foundation funding, as local colleges and universities can also apply for grants of £10,000 per year towards innovative bursary schemes which help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.

To be eligible, groups or educational institutions must be based within the West Midlands. Full guidelines on how to apply and application forms can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.

Heart and Soul Community in Wolverhampton delivers training and development programmes to young people and offers guidance and practical support to those seeking employment. The Foundation supported Heart and Soul in 2016 with a £5,000 grant which was used to provide fast-track but structured training programme for 18-24 year olds who were seeking apprenticeships or employment in the construction industry.

The programme helped young people develop the basic skills and understanding required for learners to pursue a career in the industry whilst also providing them with the first steps of mandatory training qualifications that were needed to work onsite.

Heart and Soul’s Jayne Townsend said: “The grant from National Express Foundation enabled Heart and Soul Community to deliver a Fast Steps into Construction course to unemployed local young people. It provided the youngsters with the basic skills required to pursue apprenticeship and employment opportunities and resulted in four full-time, two self-employed and five apprenticeship placements within the local construction industry.”

Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said: “We are extremely proud that over the last five years, the National Express Foundation grants have helped over 11,000 young people enjoy exciting and engaging activities and helped them to gain qualifications and learn new skills. This year we have another £150,000 of funding available to help even more local young people in the communities that we serve. 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 to support local youngsters.”

For more information please contact National Express on 0871 781 8181 or visit www.nationalexpress.com.

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