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National Express giving away cash for deprived areas along C2C railway

PUBLISHED: 13:04 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 12 February 2013

Rail bosses on the Fenchurch Street c2c network are handing out cash from a £100,000 pot to help youngsters in deprived areas of east London.

The National Express Foundation set up last year is offering grants to community groups and is already helping 750 youngsters.

Charities must provide activities for youngsters in deprived areas to be eligible and be in east London or south Essex—within five miles of the Fenchurch Street-Southend line running through Shadwell, Limehouse, Bromley-by-Bow, West Ham and Barking.

The foundation’s chairman Anthony Vigor said: “There are many people who are active in the community who would benefit from the £100,000 we’re offering this year if they meet our criteria.”

Colleges and universities can also apply for grants to help students from deprived backgrounds into further or higher education, with bursaries up to £10,000 a year available.

Schemes already funded included the Three Faiths Forum group which twins religious schools in east London and the West Midlands to improve understanding between youngsters of different faiths and backgrounds.

Guidelines on how to apply are online at: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.

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