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The Gatwick Foundation Fund will reopen on Monday 28 November to support community projects in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The Gatwick Foundation Fund relaunches on Monday 28 of November after being suspended during the pandemic. The Fund which supports community projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex will award grants for local organisations that support young people, improve health and wellbeing, tackle social isolation and disadvantage or raise aspirations.

Originally launched in late 2016, Gatwick’s Foundation Fund has to date distributed £1.2 million in 236 grants, benefiting over 100,000 people across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Kent Community Foundation will administer the Gatwick Airport Foundation Fund for community projects in Kent and the funding for Surrey and Sussex organisations will be administered by their respective Community Foundations. The Fund will make £300,000 available each year split evenly between the three counties.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “We are delighted that the Gatwick Airport Foundation Fund is relaunching after a hiatus during the pandemic. The grant criteria purposely aligns with priority areas of need including building better communities by fighting social isolation and tackling disadvantage, enabling social mobility by raising aspirations and improving skills, improve health (physical and mental) and wellbeing and make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Applications for grants of up to £10,000 that meet the funding criteria should be submitted to us before 10 February 2022.”

Melanie Wrightson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport said, “We feel tremendously proud to be back in a position where we can offer grants to so many worthwhile community projects across our region. The work these community groups do is invaluable to some local residents and we welcome applications from all projects that meet the wide-ranging criteria.”

The Gatwick Foundation Fund distributes the economic benefits that the airport generates among local people and communities that may not benefit directly from other economic contributions the airport brings to the region.

Apply here by 10th February 2023

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