National Express supporting young people in Greater Birmingham

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National Express supporting young people in Greater Birmingham

Popular travel group, National Express has offered up £100,000 of funding for local community and youth groups in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The fund comes from the National Express Foundation, which was created last year in an effort to support and aid young people from deprived backgrounds.

It is hoping to target those between 15 and 24 with a history of anti-social behaviour and community disturbance.

The Foundation is keen to encourage this particular demographic through better resources made available to local community groups as well as significant financial support to universities for those students wishing to progress into further or higher education.

Almost 750 young people were directly supported last year by the National Express Foundation, including the Three Faiths Forum which was able to successfully promote the relationships between differing faith schools by creating strong ties and links between them to encourage young people to learn about different faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Charities and youth groups in Birmingham and the West Midlands wishing to apply for grants must have sufficient evidence of promoting and offering ‘positive activities for young people in deprived backgrounds’.

The Foundation is allowing students and community groups to apply for between £2,500 and £5,000 of funding.

The deadline for both student bursaries and community grants is Thursday 28 March 2013.

An application form can be accessed and downloaded from here.

Although the Foundation is supported by the National Express Group, donations are welcome and can be made by emailing foundation@nationalexpress.com

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