Gatwick Airport Community Trust is an independent charity set up by the legally-binding agreement between West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Airport.

The Trust ensures that as the airport continues to grow, funding should be ploughed back in to the local communities most affected by the airport and its operations.

As part of our legal commitment with our local authorities, we make an annual donation to the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, and local community groups and charities are able to apply to the Trust for grants for specific projects. The Trust also receives money raised through noise fines set by the UK Government on those aircraft that infringe any noise limits at Gatwick Airport.

In 2014 Gatwick donated £175,774 to the Trust which supported over 150 charities and community groups in the local area, including Crawley United Reformed Church, Crawley Sea and Marine Cadets and Horley Town Council.

2015 grant programme for the Gatwick Airport Community Trust 

The annual application period for grants has now concluded. GACT encourages and supports schemes that benefit a wide section of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.

Applications for grants are assessed by a board of nine trustees who bring local knowledge and expertise to the Trust. For more information please visit

Local charity Home-Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex (CHAMS) has been awarded significant funding by Gatwick Airport Community Trust. The final payment of £10,000 per year for three years was awarded this year and will support the work that Home-Start CHAMS carries out with vulnerable families in need. It will enable them to recruit and train volunteers who visit the families in their own homes, as well as developing their fund raising work, following the recent recruitment of a new Fundraising Manager.

Find out more about the Gatwick Airport Community Trust.