National Express Foundation funding increased to £500,000

Friday, 15 March, 2019

The National Express Foundation is urging community groups from the West Midlands to apply for an increased amount of funding that is being made available to local charities and community groups that support young people.

The Foundation, now in its eighth year, has already helped over 17,600 local young people and committed a total of £1,500,000 to local community projects and educational bursaries. 

Local schemes which benefited in 2018 included Balsall Heath CATS - Children Action Team Support (BHCATS), Gospel Oak Community Centre, Kids in Communication, Smethwick Youth & Community Centre (SYCC) and Vines Trust Walsall.

Last year the charity increased its funding support to £300,000. This year the Foundation has increased its funding commitment again in order to support more young people across the West Midlands.

The charity has now opened for 2019 applications and is offering local community groups the opportunity to bid for grants out of the increased £500,000 funding available. The Foundation previously invited groups to bid for grants of £2,500 or £5,000. This year groups can also bid for larger amounts of £10,000 or £20,000 to support sustainable projects that provide positive and engaging activities for young people in deprived areas.

To be eligible, charities or community groups must be based within the West Midlands*.
Applications must be submitted using the Foundation’s application form and need to be received by Thursday 18 April 2019. 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.