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Support for charity

Charity partnership

We’ve joined forces with Oxfam to help transform lives worldwide. Our three-year partnership, which started in April 2013, will give us the chance to develop really exciting opportunities for our staff and passengers to help raise vital funds for Oxfam.

We’ve chosen a high-profile partner whose work has a truly global reach to complement our standing as the UK’s only international hub airport. The charity has over 70 years’ experience in fighting poverty globally – from life-saving response in emergencies to life-changing projects and campaigning for lasting change worldwide.

Last year Oxfam’s projects helped an amazing 15 million people in 94 countries. From accessing vital clean water to ensuring children get to school, and giving farmers the support they need to provide for their families, Oxfam makes a big difference around the world. And that includes the UK. Oxfam works in some of the poorest parts of the country, helping around 10,000 people who don’t have enough to live on.

Our target is to raise £150,000 each year for Oxfam through staff fund-raising activities and passenger collections. Email or call 020 8745 5791 to find out more about Heathrow’s charitable initiatives.

Heathrow Community Fund

The Heathrow Community Fund, run under the guidance of The Communities Trust, makes donations to community projects local to the airport.

Our focus is on projects linked to education and youth development, the environment and employment/skills development.

We also support volunteering and fundraising by airport staff.

In 2014 up to £500,000 will be available through three grant programmes.

Communities For Youth

Grants of up to £25,000 to support young people in their development in both education and skills development.

Eligible boroughs: Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne.

Learn more and apply for a Communities for Youth grant

Communities for Tomorrow

Grants of up to £25,000 for projects that help protect the environment or encourage sustainable development and eco education. The programme is funded by aircraft noise fines.

Eligible boroughs: Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, South Bucks, Slough, Spelthorne, Windsor and Maidenhead

Learn more and apply for a Communities for Tomorrow grant

Communities Together

Grants of up to £2,500 for a wider range of smaller community focussed projects. This programme is funded in part by donations from passengers at Heathrow.

Eligible boroughs: Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, South Bucks, Slough, Spelthorne, Windsor and Maidenhead

Learn more and apply for a Communities Together grant

General notes about our Heathrow Community Funds

We do not as a rule support general running costs, including staff costs, preferring to fund, part-fund or make a grant towards specific projects. We will not provide funds for commercial sponsorship, to individuals, for third-party advertising or political campaigning.

Heathrow Community Fund trustees meet up to four times a year to consider grant applications.

If you would like more guidance on a potential grant application please email a summary of your proposal to Kate Birch at

Passenger collections

There are coin collectors situated around Heathrow’s terminals for donations of spare currency and this money also goes towards our Charity of the Year and to the Heathrow Community Fund.

You may also see these other selected charities collecting money around the Heathrow terminals from time to time:

Matched funding

Heathrow actively supports employees in their fundraising efforts. Financial support is made to employees engaged in their own charitable fundraising.

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