- Grants have helped over 100,000 people since Fund was established in 2016
- £300,000 is distributed to projects across Sussex, Surrey and Kent each year
- Over 200 charities and projects have been awarded grants to date, with 19 recipients in the latest round of funding
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.”
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Rotherfield St Martin (Wealden) ia charity which aims to prevent loneliness amongst the elderly by providing companionship. Funding is for 40 social club meetings over a 12-month period.
Streetlight UK (Crawley) provides specialist support for women involved in prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Grant will cover half the costs specialist woman’s support worker.
Kangaroos (Arun) delivers fun and social activities for young people with learning disabilities. The grant will support BreakAway, the Saturday and holiday club for 12-18 year olds.
Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (Burgess Hill) aims to promote and support charities and voluntary organisations. The grant will help fund the day-to-day activities of the group including the accessible town centre community room, bulletins and training courses for members
The Forget Me Not Club (Crawley), helps carers of Dementia sufferers so that they don’t feel alone. Grant funds will go towards the salary of a part time carer.
Disability Access (East Grinstead) promotes equal rights and access for all people with any form of disability or mobility problem. Grant money is going towards the mobility equipment loan service and the visually impaired readers group.
4th Youth Limited (Horsham) provides fun and informal learning environments for over 400 young people. This funding will help employ two youth support workers.
Bloomin’ Arts (Tandridge) offers opportunities for people with learning disabilities to enjoy, perform and work in the arts. The money will support a craft project to enable adults with learning disabilities to create craft products for sale.
Challengers (Guildford) provides inclusive, fun and safe places where all disabled children and young people can spend time with their friends county-wide. The funding will go towards activities for disabled teenagers.
Crossroads Care Surrey (Reigate and Banstead) helps carers across the county who are often unpaid. Social clubs for people in care will be made possible with the grant so carers can relax.
Citizens Advice (Epsom and Ewell) is a network of independent local charities that helps people resolve the problems they face in life. The grant will help the outreach project.
YMCA (East Surrey) aim to help people, regardless of age and ability, to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Grant money will facilitate ‘Lifeworks’ activities program for young people with a disability.
Streetlight UK (East Surrey) provides specialist support for women involved in prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The team leader’s salary for people in the sex trade will be supported by the funding.
Age UK North West Kent (Gravesend) aim to support older people by enabling people to live independently, to love later in life, access appropriate services and enrich their lives. The grant will be spent on specialised postural stability chair-based training for staff.
Band without boundaries (West Kent) conducts after school programs in music for small groups to top-up what is learned in the classroom. The money will help facilitate seven music workshop sessions and the culminating performance in August 2020.
Compaid (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.
Joshua Network Trust (Tonbridge and Malling) delivers support for the young, especially those who are marginalised or excluded. The grant will fund a pilot Panna Football Cage project for children and young people.
Kent Specialist Stalking Advocacy Support Service (Tunbridge Wells) believes every victim of stalking should have support and protection, including access to a specialist stalking advocacy service. Funding will support stalking and harassment advocacy, prevention and education.
About Gatwick Airport
Gatwick’s 2018 draft master plan sets out proposals for the airport’s ongoing development and sustainable growth. It also outlines the airport’s latest thinking on how it can meet the increasing demand for air travel and provide Britain with enhanced global connectivity. A public consultation will run on the draft master plan until 10 January 2019 and will help inform the publication of the final master plan next year.
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver and generates around 85,000 jobs nationally, with 24,000 of these located on the airport. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
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About Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries for 46 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. Gatwick is also a major economic driver and generates around 85,000 jobs nationally, with 24,000 of these located on the airport.
In May 2019, a new long-term partnership was formed with VINCI Airports who purchased a 50.01% stake in the airport. This partnership sees Gatwick Airport integrate into the network of VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, which manages the development and operation of 46 airports across the globe. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network handled 240 million passengers in 2018 – including traffic at London Gatwick. VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimise performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects.
Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which manages the remaining 49.99% interest in Gatwick, is an independent infrastructure investor that makes equity investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors. GIP has US$68 billion of Assets under Management. Its 41 portfolio companies operate in over 51 countries with more than 67,000 employees and generate annual revenues of circa US$51 billion.