Our Community Trust

An independent charity that awards grands for projects within the area of benefit in Sussex, Surrey and Kent

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.

our community trust funds a range of initiatives

We also fund grants through our Foundation Fund.

Read more about our Foundation Fund

Our community work forms part of our sustainability policy

Our Community Trust forms part of our sustainability policy - our Decade of Change.

Read more about our Second Decade of Change to 2030

Causes that have benefitted

Tall Ships Youth Trust

A Grant of £20,000 over two years to support a project for disabled / disadvantaged young people from the Trust’s area of benefit.

Charlwood Sports & Community Centre

A grant of £30,000 spread over three years was awarded towards the cost of building the new Charlwood Sports and Community Centre.

Crawley Squadron RAF Cadets

19 Crawley Squadron RAF Air Cadets were awarded £2500 to purchase four new drums with full accessories

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.

Find out more about the Gatwick Airport Community Trust.

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
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Economy

£1.5 billion for the local area and region

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Community

200 grants for local projects

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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.

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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.

Read more on our community support

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.

Read more on our STEM programmes