Gatwick Foundation Fund
Around 200 organisations and 90,000 local people have benefitted from our fund since its launch in 2016.
Five short films showing just a handful of the community groups and charities that have received grants through the Gatwick Foundation Fund.
Through our Foundation Fund, £300,000 is awarded annually 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.
The Gatwick Foundation Fund is designed to share the benefits the airport generates among local people and communities who are most in need. We hold three rounds of funding each year and we welcome applications from all projects that support families, the elderly, young and vulnerable.
Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement
In the latest round of community grants, 20 further projects have received a donation, bringing the total to around 200 organisations since the launch of the Fund in 2016. Some of the charities are highlighted below.
Nourish community foodbank: supporting people in Tunbridge Wells and South Tonbridge, the foodbank provides short term emergency provisions to people. The funding will pay for 500 food vouchers.
Scotts Project Trust: supports adults in Tonbridge and West Kent with a learning disability to strive to reach their aspirations and make choices about how to live their lives. Our grants will go towards completing the refurbishment of the centre which will also increase its capacity.
Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells: helps people face life’s biggest challenges. Funding is for a part-time trained advisor to help disadvantaged people with mental health issues.
So far we've supported 64 projects in Kent.
Stripey Stork: based in Reigate and Banstead, is a charity that collects donations of toys, clothes and other essential items for babies and children and, after checking they meet current UK safety standards, rehome them with local families experiencing hardship. Funding covers rent and a salary for a referral coordinator.
Surrey Drug and Alcohol care: a county wide telephone counselling service which operates a 24hr a day 365 days a year telephone line for those who need alcohol and drugs advice. The funding will go towards the ongoing, routine costs of providing the service.
Personal Independence Support CIC, Reigate and Banstead: this project specialises in behavioural education for young people. Funding goes towards a residential boot camp for vulnerable young people working with police officers that aims to prevent crime.
So far we've supported 69 projects in Surrey.
Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre: based in Horsham, the charity aims to relieve the physical and mental distress of people with cancer, together with their families and carers. The grant will enable the charity to expand.
Dame Vera Lynn Trust, Mid Sussex: provides support for children with cerebral palsy and their families. The grant will help the charity to reach those further afield who are currently unable to benefit due to distance.
New Harmonie, Mid Sussex: puts on entertainment for the elderly, sick or disabled, such as music workshops. The funding will pay for three music workshops in five different care homes for people with dementia.
So far we've supported 62 projects in Sussex.
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.