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Responsible Growth

London City Airport has launched a new £75,000 Community Fund to support local charities and organisations that represent inclusive and diverse communities across East London.

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COVID-19 – Please note due to the current situation LCY Community Fund Board of Trustees decided to bring the second round of Grants for 2020 forward, to support our local community during this difficult time. The remaining £39,000 has been topped up by London City Airport and £50,000 has been distributed to local Foodbanks please see full details here.

Community Fund Grants process will go back to normal in 2021. Applications received for June 2020 will be put forward to 30th October 2020 deadline, which will be announced in early February 2021.

Grants ranging from £300 to £3,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities near London City Airport.

This Fund builds on the success of the 30th anniversary £30K Community Fund, where 15 recipients received grants up to £3,000. Read more about it here.

London City Airport are pleased to have awarded Grants to 30 local charities and not-for profit organisations in 2019, including Kings Cross Steelers, Magpie Project, Lambeth Libraries, Healthy Living Project and Blind in Business. Please see press release for the full list of Grantees in 1st tranche and 2nd tranche.

How it works

Applications are considered twice a year by a board of Trustees from London City Airport and representatives from the local community, as well as an independent chair. This means that with great local insight and expertise, the Trustees evaluate applications using their knowledge to ensure the greatest possible benefit goes to the community.

Funding Criteria

To qualify for any of the available Grant you will have to be a charity or not for profit organisation and your project is expected to adhere to the following criteria’s; London City Airports’ community focus areas to improve the quality of life in local communities by either:

  1. Building stronger, safer and healthier communities
  2. Creating more sustainable and greener communities
  3. Raising aspirations of East Londoners
  4. Creating pathways into employment

Applications from only the local area are eligible for consideration, please see list below:

  • Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Epping Forest District Council
  • Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Lambeth, Lewisham
  • Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest


Before applying for a Grant please read the Community Fund Grant making Policy here which has a more in-depth outline of the terms and conditions of the Grant.

Do you feel your initiative/project fits the criteria and the guidelines? If so, apply now.

We look forward to hearing your ideas. In case you have any further question you can contact us here.


Prospective recipients can submit their application from 22nd May 2019 and these will remain open on an ongoing basis, with the board of Trustees meeting twice a year to assess and make award decisions. If you would like to apply for the Grant, please ensure you submit application before the deadline.

Application Deadline and Grant Announcement dates

Application Submission DeadlineGrant Announcement
17:00 hrs 30th October 2020w/c 8th February 2021
17:00 hrs 28th May 2021w/c 26th July 2021