Gatwick Foundation Fund hits £1m mark as next round of grant applications opens for projects across Sussex, Surrey and Kent

Social development

Gatwick is urging local charities, community groups and projects to apply for the next round of funding through the Gatwick Foundation Fund, which distributes £300,000 to organisations in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

The Gatwick Foundation Fund distributes £300,000 annually to local charities, groups and projects that help the vulnerable, young and elderly. £100,000 is distributed across each county- in three rounds of funding every year.

Grants passed the £1 million mark in the latest round with more than 200 organisations and close to 100,000 people benefitting since the Fund was established in 2016. A full list of grants to be awarded in the latest round is below, and includes:

  • The Crawley based branch of Streetlight UK which provides specialist support for women involved in prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The grant will cover half the costs of a specialist woman’s support worker.
  • Compaid, in West Kent, supports disabled people across the county by helping them overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic inclusion. The funding will be used for the running costs of accessible vehicles.
  • Bloomin’ Arts offers opportunities for people in Tandridge with learning disabilities to enjoy, perform and work in the arts. The grant will support a craft project to enable adults with learning disabilities to create craft products for sale.

Helena Croft, Director Streetlight UK, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Streetlight UK has been awarded £10,000 by the Gatwick Foundation Fund and Netherby Trust Fund. This support enables the vital specialist support women need to exit prostitution, reclaim their lives and build a future free from sexual exploitation and violence”.
Diane Bradley, Fundraising Manager, Compaid said: “As a local charity this grant will make a huge difference, giving us the peace of mind to know that our transport service for disabled, elderly & other vulnerable people will be supported and remain affordable for those in need. We would like to thank the Gatwick Foundation Fund for their generous support.”

Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement, Gatwick Airport said: “We set up the Gatwick Foundation Fund as a way of supporting local people who may not directly benefit from the jobs and other economic opportunities that the airport generates. We do this by offering grants to organisations that have a meaningful and lasting impact on local people.

“We are delighted to have passed the £1 million mark and to have helped over 100,00 local people so far. I would encourage any local charity or organisation that supports its community - be they helping the vulnerable, the elderly or the young – to apply for funding in the latest round of grants.”
To apply for funding, please see the different Community Foundation pages for Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Please note application deadlines vary by county.