About the Trust
What is Gatwick Airport Community Trust?
The Trust is an independent charity that has been in operation since 2002 as part of the legal arrangements between West Sussex County Council,Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Airport Limited following publication of the airport's Sustainable Development Strategy.
It awards grants annually for deserving projects within the area of benefit which covers parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
The trustees adopt strict criteria and channel funds particularly to those areas where people are directly affected by operations at Gatwick Airport. They encourage and support schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.
The demand for grants always exceeds the funds available and the normal level of grants is from £1,000 to £5,000. Occasional larger may be considered if the impact is targeted to benefit a significant number of people and is considered to make a valuable and noticeable difference longer term.
Applicants should seek advice from the Trust BEFORE applying for a larger grant.
Gatwick Airport Limited funds contributions, increasing each year so as to provide protection against inflation, to the Trust. In addition, the Trust receives money raised through noise fines on those airlines that infringe noise limits set by the UK Government on those aircraft taking off at Gatwick Airport.
We would like to emphasise that the Gatwick Airport Community Trust is an independent charity.
The purpose of setting up the Trust was to ensure that, as the airport continued to grow, funds generated by the existence of the airport should be made available to a board of
independent trustees and they should be directed back into the community that was affected by the airport and its continuing growth.