Gatwick Foundation Fund grants US$130,000 to 32 local projects

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Standout projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex have been awarded a share of £100,000 (US$130,000) in the 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 organizations. Funds are awarded in three rounds across the year and are evenly distributed by the community foundations for the three counties.

The 32 recipients estimate grants will positively benefit more than 21,000 people across the regions.

Alison Addy, head of community engagement at Gatwick, said, “Once again we are proud to partner with the community foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and support such a diverse mix of community projects, which make a positive contribution across the region.

“These funds can make a real difference to people’s lives and we are committed to ensuring these important community projects continue to thrive.”

Alex Thompson, mobile program manager at Surrey Science and Technology Regional Operation (SATRO), one of the grant recipients, commented, “SATRO is extremely proud to be supported by the Gatwick Foundation Fund, and thank them for their award. GFF’s funding will have a huge impact on the lives of disaffected young people. SATRO enthuses and inspires young people about the world of work through practical and engaging activities and courses.

“Thanks to GFF, SATRO will teach the BTEC Level 1 Construction course to 10 students at Reigate Valley College. The course will give the students a qualification which will create a foundation of positive learning and achievement, while providing solid evidence of ability and attainment”.

The full list of projects benefitting from grants is:

Kent

• Education Business Partnership;

• Nourish Community Food Bank;

• Ridge View Special School;

• Music@Malling;

• D’Vine Singers;

• Young Kent;

• Sevenoaks Power Chair Football;

• Hever Parish Council;

• Home-Start South-West Kent;

• Westerham Sea Cadets; and

• Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells.

Sussex

• Posh Club;

• Rotherfield St Martin;

• Turners Hill Day Centre;

• Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group;

• Wealden Citizens Advice;

• 4 The Youth Ltd;

• Rivers Learning Project Community;

• Level Water;

• Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd; and

• Sussex Clubs for Young People

Surrey

• Active Prospects;

• Age Concern Merstham, Redhill and Reigate;

• Age UK Surrey;

• Bloomin’ Arts;

• Citizens Advice Reigate and Banstead;

• Home-Start East Surrey;

• Jigsaw (South East);

• Limpsfield Grange School;

• SATRO (Science and Technology Regional Operation);

• YMCA East Surrey; and

• Surrey Clubs for Young People.

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