Supporting communities affected by our operations
Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) is an independent charity set up by the legally-binding agreement between West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Airport.
The Trust is dedicated to supporting local communities through the funding of projects within those communities most affected by the airport and our operations.
As part of our legal commitment with our local authorities, we make an annual donation to the Gatwick Airport Community Trust. Local community groups and charities can apply for grants for specific projects. The Trust also receives money raised through noise fines set by the Government on aircraft that infringe any noise limits at Gatwick.
We also fund grants through our Foundation Fund.
Our Community Trust forms part of our sustainability policy - our Decade of Change.
Causes that have benefitted
Criteria for grants
If you have a community project in mind, then please read more about what's needed to qualify for a grant and apply via the GACT website.
Please check that the project falls within the Trust’s area of benefit. A detailed map together with a list of the towns and villages covered can be found on the GACT website.
The normal level of grants is between £500 and £3,000. Occasionally, larger grants are also available, but you should speak to the Trust before putting in your application.
Your project must fall within the following categories to be considered:
- Development of young people
- Art projects including amateur drama, music, art
- Sporting facilities
- Environmental improvement and conservation
- Improvements to community facilities such as village halls
- Support for the disabled
- Support for the elderly
- Encouragement of additional volunteering or giving in the area
Find out more about
Our Foundation Fund
Since 2016, we've awarded grants to local projects and community groups. We support causes that benefit the young, the old and the disadvantaged.
Our support for local causes
We have a strong programme of community investment. We support a range of initiatives and events across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Our work with local schools
In 2019, we hosted 24 school groups at the airport. We support initiatives that promote careers in STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths.