£30,000 in grants

from 30th Anniversary Community Sponsorship Fund

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London City Airport has confirmed the 15 recipients of its £30,000 30th Anniversary Community Sponsorship Fund. The fund was announced in April and created especially to mark the airport’s 30th anniversary year, supporting local charities and organisations which enable significant and positive change for communities near London City Airport.

A total of 75 organisations applied for the funding, including social enterprises, schools, charities, community organisations and not-for-profit organisations. Organisations from the London boroughs of Newham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Bexley were eligible to apply for grants ranging from £300 to £3000.

Judges from London City Airport selected the successful projects based on their alignment with the airport’s own CSR priorities of Education, Employment, Community Engagement & Local Economy and Environment.

Example of projects which receive financial support include creative workshops for Roma refugees in Newham; an eco-garden at Manor Junior School in Barking and Dagenham; an architectural community project in Woolwich for NEETS (Create London); and the creation of a sensory space for children with special educational needs (SEN) in Waltham Forest (Lord’s Taverners).

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said:

“Over the past three decades London City Airport has continually invested in our communities and developed strong ties with many local charities and organisations. London City Airport’s 30th Anniversary Community Sponsorship Fund ensures this milestone is a shared celebration with the surrounding area.

"These deserving and varied recipients will each receive a contribution from the fund, giving them a useful funding boost for worthwhile activities that empower East London, and its people.”

Hadrian Garrard, Artistic Director at Create London, said:

“We are delighted that Create London has won a grant through the London City Airport 30th Anniversary Fund. The support that London City Airport is giving to our vocational training programme, for young people in Newham, is an extremely important part of the community development work that we are doing in North Woolwich. Our main aim is to work with artists to help communities to thrive by providing training, art and creative activities and by bringing different types of people together to make positive changes to the places where they live."

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving young people a sporting chance, so we are delighted to work with London City Airport to install this new sensory equipment that will be of huge benefit to the teachers, carers and families at Barclay Primary School and enhance the learning experience and future development of its pupils.”

The full list of successful projects announced today is:


  • Create London: a programme where thirteen year old NEETS (not in education, training or employment) will work with architects to build a space for community activity. This space is part of the larger Station Project which will repurpose the disused Grade II listed North Woolwich Old Station.
  • Ambition, Aspire, Achieve: the Challenging Project: a project for 16-19 year olds who have mild disabilities and/or additional needs. The funding supports the training of peer disabled mentors who will run this project in 2016.
  • St Luke’s CEVA Primary School: developing an eco garden by sponsoring equipment for outdoor learning team building activities and to introduce the harvesting of rainwater to drip-water plants and crops.
  • Royal Docks Model Railway Club: funding for materials to build a replica of the North Woolwich Railway Line and the station from the 1950s era. The replica will be on permanent display at the old North Woolwich Railway Museum Station.
  • Roma Support Group: a creative 6 month project for Roma refugees and their non-Roma peers aged 8-25 years in which they participate in visual art, creative writing, graphic design and photo workshops.
  • The Friendship Group: Support for an activity programme for a club of women over 50s.
  • Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA): The Girls Allowed Programme will provide weekly basketball taster sessions for girls in the 10-14 age group.
  • Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre: funding for equipment for the Community Café where local people can enjoy healthy food and socialise in a safe environment and where local businesses can sell their products, using the café as a spring-board to grow their businesses.

Barking & Dagenham

  • Hope Family Trust: funding for laptops to enable the volunteers to have a larger impact on the different projects: the Foodbank, the Clothing Bank and the ‘Beyond the Bars’ Project.
  • Manor Junior School: funding for the development of an eco-garden where children learn first-hand the importance of the environment, recycling and being ‘green’.

Tower Hamlets

  1. The Golden Girls Club: run social activities like high tea and chair exercise for a club for women over 60 in Tower Hamlets.
  2. Neighbours in Poplar: running a school holiday programme, the grant will fund Estate Fun Days where local residents enjoy activities within the safety of their own environment.

Waltham Forest

  • Lord's Taverners: funding for a sensory space which will benefit children in Waltham Forest with special educational needs (SEN) needs.

East London

  • The Challenge: funding for the HeadStart programme, which targets people at risk of NEET status (not in education, training or employment) in Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Greenwich, Hackney, Enfield, Haringey, Havering and Waltham Forest. The programme will support 250 young people by achieving their learning goals, remain in education, employment or training and volunteer with charities.

The details of the fund have been announced in advance of London City Airport’s 30th anniversary. Thursday 26 October marks exactly 30 years since London City Airport began commercial operations, with two airlines initially serving just three routes in 1987; Plymouth, Paris and Brussels. Today the airport serves around fifty destinations on eleven airlines and in 2016 welcomed a record-breaking 4.6 million passengers. The airport was officially opened by HM The Queen on 5 November 1987.