NatEx provides £200,000 to help youngsters’ Covid recovery

National Express Foundation provides £200,000 funding to help young people recover from the pandemic.

Applications are invited from community groups for a share of a new pot of funding which is being made available to help young people in the West Midlands ‘make-up’ for time lost during the pandemic.

Covid-19 had a significant impact on the delivery of community services which support young people. Delivery was either suspended or moved online which proved challenging to access for some young people. The application process for community groups will involve two stages. Initially, groups will simply be asked to provide a single paragraph setting out the proposed activity by 29 October 2021. These applications will be assessed, and those which are considered most likely to succeed will be invited to submit a more detailed application.

The Foundation is ready to support initiatives which play a vital role in helping young people to succeed in life. It has been supporting young people in the West Midlands region since 2012.

James Donnan, Foundation General Manager, said: “The pandemic has presented so many challenges to all of us. For young people it has even been harder as they have missed out on so many things they would normally have done, and the experiences which shape their lives.

“We want to support community groups that can help young people gain the qualifications they need, to build the skills that will help them get jobs, and to help them develop constructive social networks outside of education or work.”

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