The Fund distributes a total of £300,000 in grants with the funding split evenly between projects in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, with each receiving £100,000 each year. To date, 118 organisations and more than 55,000 people have benefited from the Fund since it was launched late in 2016.
Three rounds of funding are announced every year and the Sussex-based projects below will receive the latest grants:
• The Posh Club, Crawley – a weekly tea club for adults aged 65+ at risk of social isolation – styled as a tongue in cheek ‘posh’ 1940s high tea – with cabaret acts, waiters in black tie, vintage crockery, and an in-house pianist. The grant will help run the club, including hall hire for 16 weeks in the year, 5 weeks of core staff costs and 18 weeks of volunteer travel.
• Age UK Horsham – aims to reduce poverty, loneliness and isolation and improve health and well-being among older people in the Horsham District. Funding enables Age UK to make 200-250 home visits to offer advice and support to older people who may be vulnerable, housebound or unable to travel.
• Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex Home-Start – transforms the life chances of vulnerable local children and families, with trained volunteers providing emotional and practical support. Grant will go towards cost of delivering vital services for disadvantaged families with a child under 5 years.
• Crawley Community Youth Service – delivers sessions to over 300 young people each week helping to raise their aspirations and improve their general wellbeing. Award will go towards hiring someone to run weekly cookery sessions, buy equipment, ingredients and prepare take-home resources – to encourage both cooking and team work as they will also deliver community meals.
• East Grinstead Foodbank seeks to provide a minimum of three days emergency food for local people in need. Funding is to help meet key core costs of running the foodbank, including staff wages, rent and insurance of a warehouse.
Community Development Worker, Becca Lundberg, said:
“The Posh Club in Crawley provides sparkly, glamorous, warm hearted, weekly entertainment and social events specifically aimed at older people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who are sometimes lonely, a bit socially isolated or ‘don’t get out much’. The Club has now received two grants from the Gatwick Foundation Fund towards its ongoing running costs.”
Age UK East Grinstead & District Chief Operations Manager, Barry Gilbert said:
“Through our outreach service isolated and lonely older people who have not had any contact through the normal channels, have benefited greatly. It is only through grants and donations such as Gatwick’s that allows us to continue to do this kind of work and support our older people in the community.”
Gatwick’s Foundation Fund is part of the airport’s commitment to share the benefits the airport generates with its local communities. This work remains a priority and the proposals set out in Gatwick’s new draft master plan would see the airport generating even greater benefits for future generations.
Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:
“We are delighted to be awarding another round of grants from our Foundation Fund to community projects across Sussex. Each organisation does incredible work and we have purposely chosen them as they help young people, vulnerable families or the elderly.
“We support community projects as it’s a great way for us to share some of the benefits we generate among local people who, perhaps may not directly benefit from the jobs or other economic contributions we bring to the region. Our exciting new draft master plan sets out how we might grow so that we can continue to support local communities with this vital investment for generations to come.”
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Foundations manage the programme and assess all applications for their county. These local trusts and foundations raise funds for and make grants to local charities and community groups, and also manage grant funds on behalf of a wide range of donors, including companies, charities and private individuals. To find out how to apply to the Gatwick Foundation Fund, please contact your local Community Foundation.
NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?
In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.
How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.
Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!
This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.
Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.
Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.
Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW
You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50
- Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
- High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
- Saving: £62.50
- Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
- High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
- Saving: £54.83
- Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
- High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
- Saving: £33.33
- ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
- High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
- Saving: £5.82
- Dancing Mickey Phone Case
- High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
- Saving: £2.50
Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:
“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.
“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”