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About the Fund

Funding for communities near Heathrow

Trustees and panel members live and work locally and are supported by the Trust Director and a team at Groundwork South, who draw on their local knowledge and experience to help you submit a strong bid showing the full value of your work. To inform our funding priorities we carry out an annual survey of community groups in the region.

Needs Analysis Survey 2017 (136KB PDF)


  • Andy Kerswill – Chairman (from April 2017); Retired, former British Airways
  • Bobby Basra - Independent, Regional Partnership Director BT
  • Richard de Belder – International Laywer
  • Jason Holmes - Head of Strategic Operations Planning, Heathrow
  • Carol Hui – Chief of Staff, Heathrow
  • Chris Johnston -Senior Manager, Finance, Heathrow
  • Alison Moore – Hillingdon-based head teacher and education specialist
  • Michael Murphy – Environmental Coordinator, Heathrow
  • Samina Hussain – Skills & Employment, West London Alliance
  • Darius Nasimi – young Trustee
  • Gennie Dearman, COO EDT

Grant Review Panels

Each Grant Programme has a grant Review Panel who carry out the review of applications and advise the Board of trustees on whether or not to award a grant. Each Grant Review Panel is chaired by a Trustee and consists of volunteers from Heathrow Airport Ltd and independent members of the local community.

Grant Review Panel



  • Beccy Bowden, Trust Director
  • Deborah Valman, Programme Manager Groundwork South
  • Maria Hernandez-Humm, Project Officer, Groundwork South*
  • Fiona Brewer, Project Officer, Groundwork South
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Apply for a grant

Inspiring Youth event, November 2014

We have three routes to funding for external applicants:

  • Communities for Youth: grants for projects working with young people
  • Communities for Tomorrow: for projects focussed on the environment and sustainability
  • Communities Together: our small grants programme supports projects that will bring communities together

If you are an employee of Heathrow Airport Ltd we also support two funding streams that you can apply to on behalf of your chosen charity or community organization – please see our funding pages for details.

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