Increased funding available to community groups working with young people @dudleyconnector

National Express is urging community groups from the West Midlands to apply for funding that is being made available to local charities and community groups through the National Express Foundation.

The Foundation was launched four years ago and has already helped over 8,000 young people.

Local schemes which benefitted in 2015 included Disability Resource Centre, Olio Hub, St Basils, Handsworth Carers Group, Wolverhampton Scouts (Patshill Campsite and Activity Centre), Sport 4 Life UK, and Urban Devotion.

To build on previous successes, the Foundation has this year announced that it has an increased amount of £150,000 funding available to support even more local young people.

The Foundation is welcoming applications from local charities and community groups for consideration in its 2016 round of grants.

 To be eligible, charities or community groups must be based in one of seven council areas* which make up the former West Midlands county, and provide positive activities for young people in deprived areas. Groups are invited to bid for a set amount of funding, either £2,500 or £5,000.

Applications must be submitted using the Foundation’s application form and need to be received by Friday 18 March 2016. Applicants should ensure they have read the Foundation guidance notes to ensure the application is eligible and provides all the information needed.

The guidance notes and application form can be found at

*For clarity, the seven West Midlands council areas are Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton, which are the principal areas served by National Express buses.

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