Helping improve quality of life in local communities

Each year, the London City Airport Community Fund awards £75,000 in grants, ranging from £300 to £3,000. These funds go to local organisations who are creating significant and positive change in diverse, inclusive communities across East London.

Since launching in 2019, the fund has awarded over £400,000 in grants to 120+ local charities and not-for-profit organisations, with an extra £50k going towards food banks during the pandemic to support with the cost of living.

2023 grants

To date we’ve awarded £86,000 to 20 organisations including Salaam Peace, West Silvertown Community Foundation, Powerhouse for Women and the Helping Disabilities Trust. Please view the press releases for the full list of grantees in 2023 tranche 1 and tranche 2.

How it works

Twice a year, the airport’s board of trustees get together with representatives from the local community and an independent chairperson to consider applications. Gathering local insight and expertise helps us make sure we can offer the best possible benefit to the community.

Who qualifies for our Community Fund?

We welcome applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations whose projects aim to improve quality of life in local communities by:

  • Building stronger, safer and healthier communities

  • Creating more sustainable and greener communities

  • Raising aspirations of East Londoners

Creating pathways into employment We consider applications from the local area only, as listed below:

  • Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Epping Forest District Council 

  • Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Lambeth, Lewisham 

  • Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest 

How to apply

Please read the Community Fund Grant-making Policy to see full terms and conditions of the grant prior to making an application.

If you feel that your initiative or project fits the criteria and guidelines, you can apply now.

Or if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Deadlines and dates

You can submit your application at any time during the year. Our board of trustees meets twice a year to assess and award grants. See the latest dates below:

Submission Deadline

Grant Announcement

1st tranche 17:00 8th December 2023

w/c 4th March 2024

2nd tranche 17:00 hrs 21st June 2024

w/c 23rd September 2024


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