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London City Airport distributes £30,000 in grants from 30th Anniversary Community Sponsorship Fund


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:


Barking & Dagenham

Tower Hamlets  

Waltham Forest

East London

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.

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