London City Airport Community Fund awards £40k to local groups


London City Airport has announced the successful applicants to the latest round of grants from the airport’s £75,000 Community Fund.

In total, £40,000 of funding has been awarded to 14 local groups and community organisations covering 12 East London boroughs.

Groups that have secured funding in this round include the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), which aims to build motivated, successful and responsible young adults by providing after school sports training; Richard House, a children’s hospice which provides palliative care for more than 300 children with life-shortening health conditions.

Also benfitting is Inspiring Your Imagination, a social enterprise which aims to empower young people by developing lifelong digital skills, and Caritas Anchor House, a homelessness charity based in Canning Town which provides accommodation and skills support for single homeless adults.

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Community Fund Trustee Cllr Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership & Engagement, said: I’m pleased to support the London City Airport Community Fund, which is providing vital financial resources to local groups across East London so they can help people in their time of need.

“Barking and Dagenham Council is working incredibly hard to support our residents during this very challenging time. Local partners such as businesses and community groups also have a key role to play in delivering support and services for vulnerable people.

“That is why I’m particularly delighted that two local charities – Triangoals and the Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance Ltd (BDYD) – have been successful in securing grants in this latest funding round.”

The new funding comes at a critical time for local communities surrounding the airport as East London continues to deal with the devastating impact of Covid-19.

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