Gatwick Foundation Fund
The Gatwick Foundation Fund was launched in November 2016. Over 100 charities and organisations and 50,000 local people have benefitted from our fund to date.
The annual £300,000 fund is awarded in three rounds of grants across the year in partnership with the Community Foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, who manage the programme and assess all applications. The grants are evenly distributed across projects in each of the counties, which each receive £100,000. The projects supported are focussed 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 latest community grants have just been announced and a further 21 regional projects have been awarded funding. Read case studies about specific charities and groups who have benefitted from a grant. You can see also view the full list of projects awarded a grant in July 2018.
Surrey: The Sunnybank Trust
In a nutshell: The Sunnybank Trust (TST) began in 1989 in response to the closure of the five Epsom-based mental hospitals. The charity supports adults (18+) with learning disabilities to lead the lives they choose through a range of support services, including a befriending scheme, advocacy support (Voices) and regular social activities. TST aim to improve the lives of the people they work with to help them develop self-confidence, new skills and by nurturing important relationships to ease loneliness and isolation.
Grant summary: It will help with the running costs of TST’s advocacy scheme (Voices) to provide support for people with learning disabilities on a range of issues such as abuse, housing, holidays and benefits. It will also fund a self-advocacy support group.
Sussex: The Crawley Community & Voluntary Service
In a nutshell: The Crawley Community and Voluntary Service is an organisation that brings together local Crawley community groups and voluntary organisations. Their network helps promote the sharing of knowledge and ideas across the town's voluntary organisations and helps represent members' interests with local government and other relevant bodies.
Grant summary: It will fund a health and wellbeing pilot project in schools through the Young Crawley consortium. Those participating will have access to support, information and activities to help everyone involved in the schools (children, families, staff) on their mental health and wellbeing. The pilot scheme has already received funding for three schools – this grant would provide funding for another three.
Kent: St George's Community Children's Project
In a nutshell: The overall aim of St George’s Community Children’s project is to improve the lives of children and families in hardship in the local community by providing subsidised childcare places. They provide affordable childcare for up to 90 children a day, aged three months to 12 years. Each year they raise £25,000 to cover the cost of childcare for struggling families.
Grant summary: The grant will go towards covering the cost of childcare for families who are unable to pay or can only contribute a very small amount. £2000 will go towards covering the cost of childcare, including staff costs, food, toys and equipment and building running costs.
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: