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Gatwick Foundation Fund

175 organisations and more than 73,000 local people have benefited from our fund. since its launch in 2016.

The short films below show the difference that Gatwick Foundation Fund grants have made to five local community projects. Scroll through to watch our short videos.

We have set up an annual fund, where £300,000 is awarded to local projects and community groups. Our fund is managed in partnership with the Community Foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, who oversee the programme and assess all applications. Each year, there are three rounds of grants which are evenly distributed to projects across each of the counties.

The projects supported by the Gatwick Foundation Fund are focused around four main areas:

  • Employment, training and skills - helping people to gain confidence through training and development of new skills.
  • Families - supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage.
  • Widening horizons - supporting projects which provide young people with opportunities  that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their experiences and aspirations.
  • Elderly people - improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation.

In the latest round of community grants, 18 further projects have received a donation, bringing the total to 175 organisations since the launch of the Fund in 2016.


Age Concern Banstead: promotes the well-being of local older people by providing services to help them live safely and independently in their own homes. The grant will help to fund an additional Home Visitor to meetthe increase in referrals.

Zoo Co Outreach: works with right underprivileged primary schools across Surrey to deliver immersive, outdoor performances. The grant will cover workshop, publicity and staff costs for ‘Sirens’, a production which champions inclusion through deaf cast members.

Merstham Community Café CIC: has delivered training courses on food preparation and menu planning to low income families. The grant will help them extend their training and work experience offer to young people who may be interested in careers in catering.

So far we've supported 63 projects in Surrey, helping 30,845 people.


Mediation Plus: provides a range of mediation and conflict resolution services in Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes including neighbourhood and intergenerational disputes. The grant is to develop an Elder Mediation service to reduce loneliness in the over 65s.

Signposts (Mid-Sussex) Ltd: Burgess Hill based charity that provides advice and support to people with learning disabilities and their carers. The grant will go towards their running costs, including their Saturday Club and counselling sessions.

Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd: is a rural employment initiative based in Wealdon, engaging with hard to reach individuals to ‘bridge the gap between education and work’. Funding will help with the cost of a part-time mentor to provide key workplace and social skills and guidance.

So far we've supported 55 projects in Sussex helping 27,610 people.


Space 2 Be Me: works across West Kent with disabled children and young people with additional needs. The grant will help fund a six-week Cygnet (autism education) course for parents and family support sessions.

Citizens Advice in North and West Kent: provides free and impartial advice on issues including benefits, visas and tax returns. Funding will cover training for volunteers to support vulnerable clients and the salary for a Mental Health Support Team coordinator.

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre: Tunbridge Wells, offers opportunities to watch and participate in theatre and comedy. The grant will help fund a successful drama intervention - ‘Speech Bubbles’ - to help over 120 children who are behind in communication skills.

So far we've supported 57 projects in Kent helping 15,000 people.

Gatwick employees also have the opportunity to support the Gatwick Foundation Fund by volunteering their time or skills to projects and causes that are close to their hearts.

How to apply for a grant

Applications for grants are managed by the individual Community Foundations. To find out how to apply to the Gatwick Foundation Fund, please contact your local group. Closing dates for the next round of funding are coming up. Find out more and get your application in today.

Kent Community Foundation - closing 31 May 2019
Community Foundation for Surrey
  - closing 19 July 2019
Sussex Community Foundation  - closing 3 May 2019