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Gatwick Foundation Fund takes flight with first round of grants awarded to 31 local projects

08/12/2016

  • £150,000 granted to 31 local projects benefitting 13,750 people 
  • £300,000 annual fund evenly divided between Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Foundations
  • Next round of grants to be allocated in February now open to local community 

Thirty-one exceptional projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex have become the first recipients to be awarded £150,000 in grants from the newly established Gatwick Foundation Fund.

The projects (full list below) include a broad mix of local charities and voluntary organisations with a key focus on young people, the elderly, disability groups, families, education and training.

The Gatwick Foundation Fund was established to provide £300,000 in annual grants to local charities and other non-profit organisations. Funds are evenly distributed by the Community Foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Gatwick employees also have the opportunity to be closely associated with projects close to their heart by offering their support and expertise.  

The £300,000 annual fund is on top of Gatwick’s existing charitable donations.

The 31 recipients estimate grants will positively benefit 13,750 people across the regions of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

The next round of grants is expected to be allocated in February 2016 and can be used to fund existing services or facilities as well as new initiatives. 

Grants awarded may include, but will not be exclusive to, the following areas:

  • Employment, training and skills - helping people to gain confidence and raise aspirations through training and development of new skills
  • Families - supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage
  • Widening horizons/providing opportunities - supporting projects that enable young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations
  • Elderly people - improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation.

Gatwick’s Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Charles Kirwan-Taylor said:

“Gatwick is proud to partner with the community foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support a diverse mix of community projects which make a positive contribution across the region.

“The establishment of the Gatwick Foundation Fund heralds an exciting new venture for Gatwick and we look forward to further boosting our support for important community projects in the future.” 

Fegans’ Head of Communications and Partnerships, Ann-Marie Fisher said:

"Despite the desperate need to support struggling parents it can be very difficult to find funding for this work. We are extremely grateful to the Gatwick Foundation Fund for recognising the transformational impact our Parents Supporting Parents programme could have on local families with complex needs."

Leatherhead Youth Project General Manager, Joe Crome said:

"We are absolutely delighted to receive a grant from the new Gatwick Foundation Fund. Our project focuses on empowering young people in Mole Valley to volunteer with social action activities which make their community a better place, and we look forward to now being able to launch the project at the beginning of 2017.”

Age UK East Grinstead & District Chief Officer, Pam Mitchell said:

“Age UK East Grinstead & District is an independent local charity, offering services to older people in East Grinstead and the surrounding rural areas. The charity is very grateful to the Gatwick Foundation Fund for providing a grant to enable more people to access our trips and outings, specifically people with higher physical needs who would not otherwise have this opportunity. We feel very supported by this grant and by the Fund and look forward to publicising the benefits this money has had to the older people we are here to support.”

The full list of projects benefiting from grants is:  

Kent

Fegans

Good Neighbour Project

West Kent YMCA

Friends of Holcot

Slide Away

Citizens Advice in North and West Kent

Kent Friendz

North West Kent Volunteer Centre

Friends of Valence School

Sussex

Pericles Theatre Company

Springboard Project

Age UK East Grinstead and District

Outset Youth Action

Crawley & Horsham Home Start

East Hoathly and Halland Community Garden CIC

Kangaroos

Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Horsham Child Contact Centre

Relate North & Southwest Sussex

Horam Village Hall

Surrey

Autism Allstars Foundation UK

Bletchingley Skills Centre

Delight

Freewheelers Theatre and Media Limited

Leatherhead Youth Project Limited

Prospero Theatre

Sight for Surrey

Surrey Care Trust

Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead

YMCA East Surrey

Ends

Notes to editors:

  • To support voluntary work in the community, Gatwick provides staff with the opportunity to take paid for volunteering days and support issues close to their heart
  • Gatwick’s commitment to its nominated charities St Catherine’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK remains unchanged and all funding for the Gatwick Foundation Fund will be on top of existing commitments including the independent Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) which currently donates over £200,000 to community initiatives
  • Applications for grants are managed by the individual Community Foundations. For further information about funding eligibility interested parties can visit the individual community foundation websites for KentSurrey, and Sussex.

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