· £100,000 granted to 16 community projects benefitting more than 7,000 people
· £300,000 annual fund evenly divided between Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Foundations
· Next round of grants to be allocated in November
Sixteen exceptional projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex have been awarded £100,000 in the most recent round of grants from the Gatwick Foundation Fund.
The Gatwick Foundation Fund was established last year to provide £300,000 in annual grants to local charities and other non-profit organisations. Funds are awarded in three rounds across the year and 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 latest round of grants have been distributed across a diverse range of projects, including: a charity providing disabled people with the opportunity to experience flight through specially adapted aircraft, a mentoring programme working with young men who have been within the criminal justice system and a ‘Stay & Play’ group for pre-school children with special needs.
The 16 recipients estimate grants will positively benefit more than 7,000 people across the regions of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:
“We are delighted to, once again, be supporting the Community Foundations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex with the Gatwick Foundation Fund.
“These funds can make a real difference to people’s lives and we are committed to ensuring these important community projects continue to thrive.”
Mike Miller-Smith MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Aerobility, said:
On behalf of everyone at Aerobility, thank you for awarding us this generous donation in response to our recent application.
We are proud to begin promoting our partnership with Gatwick which is making the life-changing magic of flight accessible for 40 disabled people throughout Surrey.
Nathan Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of A Band of Brothers, said:
“A Band of Brothers are extremely grateful for this support from the Gatwick Foundation. This comes at a challenging time for charities such as ours and we really appreciate the resources to continue our work supporting and mentoring vulnerable young men from Crawley and also making a difference in the wider community through service projects.”
Claire Haffenden, Manager at M4S Maidstone Special Needs Support Services, said
“We were delighted to hear that we have been supported by the Gatwick Foundation Fund. The funding will allow us to expand our successful Saturday stay and play groups into the Tonbridge area and introduce a new monthly support group for parents who have children with a learning disability or additional needs.
“Families can often feel isolated by their child’s disability; our groups offer them the chance to access our family support service and most importantly make friends with other families who understand how challenging life can be with a disabled child.”
The full list of projects benefitting from the grants are:
M4S Maidstone Special Needs Support Services
Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind
West Kent Mediation
Trinity Theatre & Arts Centre
Action In Rural Sussex
Bentswood Community Partnerships
A Band of Brothers
People Matters Charitable Trust
East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services Counselling
ESRA (Employment Support Retraining Agency)
Furnistore in East Surrey
Kings Church, Tandridge
Relate Mid Surrey