Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Dudley North MP calls on local colleges and community groups to most of new funds

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has called on local colleges, universities and community groups to make the most of funds available from the National Express Foundation.


The Foundation, now in its eighth year, has already given hundreds of thousands of pounds to local community groups, colleges and universities, which has so far benefit over 17,600 young people.

Austin wants to ensure community groups and colleges in Dudley make the most of the opportunity to use some of the funding available, to help even more local youngsters in the Black Country.

The transport provider’s Foundation will provide grants for bursaries to help local disadvantaged young students attend further and higher education, as well as support local community groups working with local young people.

The National Express Foundation will award £10,000 per annum to successful colleges and universities to enable them to provide individuals in challenging personal or financial situations with a bursary to help with their costs whilst a student.

The Foundation will also provide grants of £2,500 or £5,000 to local groups who will deliver positive and engaging activities for local young people in the community.

Ian Austin said:

“Since 2012 the National Express Foundation has given hundreds of thousands of pounds to community groups, colleges and universities across the West Midlands and I want to make sure young people in Dudley get a fair share.

“There are some brilliant charities doing great work with young people in Dudley so I hope they apply for this opportunity”

 Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said:

“We are extremely proud that over the last seven years, the National Express Foundation grants have helped over 17,600 young people to enjoy positive and engaging activities and helped them to gain qualifications and learn new skills.

“Last year we ran two funding rounds for the first time and were able to support 3,400 young people in 2018 alone. We are really pleased to run two application rounds again this year with our increased funding commitment of £500,000.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that this money will help even more local young people in the communities that we serve. I would urge all local educational institutions and community groups to submit an application for funding.”



Deadline for applications in Thursday 18th April

For more information about the National Express Foundation and the application process please visit: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation

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