We work with businesses who want to give back to their local communities to fund the charities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.
With the Gatwick Foundation Fund this week announcing their most recent grant awards, we share how this corporate philanthropy is positively impacting people in need across East Surrey.
About the Fund
In November 2016, Gatwick Airport partnered with Community Foundations in Surrey, Kent and Sussex to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund which provides £300,000 for worthy causes across the region each year.
This funding is being used to promote employment, training and skills, alongside support for families, elderly people, and providing young people with opportunities they would otherwise not have access to, encouraging them to widen their aspirations.
The donations are divided equally between the Foundations to make awards to non-profit organisations including charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations which play an important role in the local community.
The grants are awarded in three rounds each year, which to date, have collectively supported 100 organisations and more than 50,000 people. Gatwick employees also support projects close to the causes they care about by volunteering, strengthening further the company’s corporate social engagement.
Who in Surrey has benefitted from these grants?
In the second round of grant awards from the Gatwick Foundation Fund this year, a wide range of East Surrey groups have benefitted, including;
- Bookham Baptist Church Children’s Centre in hiring a Family Support Worker, to help the charity continue to combat social isolation and enable families to access local services including health, education and employment services
- Bloomin’ Arts in recruiting a Musical Director to continue their work in providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties to enjoy, develop skills and perform in the arts
- Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead in the continuation of their Aspire Project, which provides volunteering opportunities to the entire community by helping people who have additional needs to access volunteering
The full list of grant awards and how to apply to the Gatwick Foundation Fund can be found on the funds webpage here.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey and to, once again, award grants to groups and organisations across the county. The work each group does is incredibly important for the local community and we are committed to supporting them as much as possible.”
Alison Addy – Head of Community Engagement, Gatwick Airport
“I really enjoy working with the Gatwick Foundation Fund. They are positive and thoughtful in their grant making and are always looking for opportunities to make further links with the groups they support either by visiting the projects or through staff volunteering. The fund has really opened up our grant making in East Surrey, it is a lovely example of what corporate philanthropy can be like.”
Kate Peters – Director of Grants and Impact, Community Foundation for Surrey