London, UK, 2023-Mar-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport has launched round two of its call-out for deserving local causes in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
The Gatwick Foundation Fund has earmarked £100,000 to spend across the three counties and is asking local groups which could do with extra support during the cost-of-living crisis to apply.
Each year, there are three rounds of grants, with £300,000 in total split equally between Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Melanie Wrightson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport, said: “We are acutely aware of the extra pressure being placed on those grassroots organisations and voluntary projects that work so hard to help people in need.
“We have funds available, and we would like these organisations to step forward and apply – especially as times are so much tougher than usual.”
The Gatwick Foundation Fund was set up in 2016 to award funding to local groups that work to fight social isolation and tackle disadvantage, raise aspirations and develop skills, improve health and wellbeing, and support children and young people. Money is available to both new and existing projects.
The Foundation Fund covers groups operating in Sussex across Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Wealden, in Surrey across Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge and the Mole Valley area and in Kent across Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.
Annie Bowden, Landlady and Manager at the Posh Club in Crawley said: “The funding we received from Gatwick Foundation Fund helped us to orchestrate our popular and ‘posh’ 1940s style afternoon teas, with live stage shows and volunteers in black tie and even an inhouse pianist.
“We regularly attract 100 older people to our events where they have been able to make friends and even find love and romance.
“Dressing up, putting some lippy on and meeting like-minded people from your generation, can make a such a difference to your wellbeing. It’s a sad fact that sometimes older people are made to feel insignificant, but this is one way to help them feel special, important and very much part of something.
“It’s thanks to the support from organisations like Gatwick Foundation Fund that we can continue to bring joy to older people’s lives in Crawley.”
Melanie Wrightson added: “To date, we have contributed to hundreds of good causes around Sussex, Surrey and Kent because we believe it’s important that everyone in the community benefits from the success of the airport.
“We encourage all those who are eligible to come forward.”
The deadline to apply for the Foundation Fund in Kent is 31 May and in Sussex is by 5pm on Friday 5th May 2023.
In Surrey applicants must express an interest by 9am on 13 March 2023.
For more information about the Gatwick Foundation Fund please go to: https://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/community/our-support/foundation-fund/
About Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and flies a range of both short and long-haul point-to-point services. The airport is a vital piece of the UK’s national infrastructure and is also a major driver for both the regional and national economies. In 2019, a new long-term partnership was formed with VINCI Airports which purchased a 50.01% stake in the airport.
About VINCI Airports
The world’s leading private airport operator, VINCI Airports operates more than 65 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and its know-how in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructures and managing their operations and environmental transition. VINCI Airports is the first airport operator to have committed to a global international environmental strategy in 2016, to achieve the goal of net zero emission across its entire network by 2050.
About Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)
GIP manages the remaining 49.99% interest in Gatwick and is a leading independent infrastructure fund manager that makes equity and debt investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport, water/waste and digital infrastructure sectors. GIP manages US$84 billion for its investors. Its 46 portfolio companies have combined annual revenues of US$61 billion and employ nearly 100,000 employees. For more information on GIP please visit http://global-infra.com
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