Gatwick Foundation Fund Takes Flight With First Round Of Grants Awarded To 31 Local Projects

Published on : Monday, December 12, 2016

Gatwick_Foundation_Fund_05--300x201Thirty-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:

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

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
Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
Horsham Child Contact Centre
Relate North & Southwest Sussex
Horam Village Hall

Autism Allstars Foundation UK
Bletchingley Skills Centre
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

Source:- Gatwick Airport

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