I recently met up with c2c Chief Executive Julian Drury and staff at Barking Station to promote c2c’s Community Champion’s grant scheme alongside the National Express Foundation’s funding for community groups.
I’m always pleased to support the work that c2c do with local community groups. I would encourage as many people as possible to start applying. And I’d be delighted to hear from people if they know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local community.
C2c’s annual Community Champion competition invites nominations from the community who undertake exceptional voluntary work. The winner will be awarded with a free c2c season ticket, plus £5,000 for their charity or community group.
Full details can be found on c2c’s website at www.c2c-online.co.uk/about_us/
C2c’s charity arm, the National Express Foundation, is currently open for applications and offers grants of either £5,000 or £10,000 to community groups which line the c2c route to London and south Essex. A total pot of £100,000 is available. The focus of the grants is for projects which provide positive activities for young people in deprived areas.
c2c’s first Community Champion in 2012 was Louis Olusina, founder of the Barking youth group Charis Project, who used the grant to take 30 young people on a four-day residential outdoors course teaching life skills.
Local groups are encouraged to apply to: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/