More than a dozen community projects in west London have been awarded grants in the first round of the Heathrow Community Fund.

Across the three categories - communities for youth, communities for tomorrow and communities together - 15 different projects in Hounslow, Ealing and Hillingdon have received around £106,000 of funding in addition to other multi-borough projects.

Grants will be used to deliver a multitude of projects ranging from gardening skills for young people and nature programmes in schools, to gaining skills for women from disadvantaged backgrounds to a 'shoppa bus' service for elderly people.

Around £78,650 - equivalent to almost three quarters of the funding - has been received by projects in Hounslow; just over £19,000 in Ealing; and nearly £8,500 for Hillingdon.

The half-year grants were awarded by new Heathrow Community Fund director Dr Beccy Bowden with a total of £283,000 invested in developing the future of communities surrounding the airport.

Dr Bowden said: “Thanks to the continued support and funding from Heathrow, the community fund has already made a considerable positive impact through grants to hundreds of local groups, schools and voluntary organisations since it was first set up nearly 20 years ago – I look forward to helping the charity develop further in the future.”

The charity’s former director, Caroline Nicholls, is moving on after 12 years to work within the voluntary sector, closer to her home on the West Sussex coast.

Volunteers and staff at Cultivate London, Brentford

Projects given funding in this round:


  • Cultivate London (£12,500) to train unemployed young people in horticulture to help create access to work
  • Our Barn Youth Club (£24,700), in Osterley, to help young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to become independent while learning gardening and other skills
  • Friends of River Crane (£13,950) funding for a programme of schools education and community learning events
  • Reach Academy Feltham's (£20,000) Reaching Nature programme for its 900 pupils and families
  • ArtReach Trust (£2,500) for workshops to prepare for Magna Carta celebrations during Night of Festivals
  • The Performing Arts Children’s Charity (£5,000) for classes, in Isleworth, for disabled children
King John puppet paraded through Hounslow during Night of Festivals


  • Trees for Cities (£5,000) will use funds to create an edible playground and outdoor classroom at Berrymede Junior School
  • Support for Living's (£10,000) eco-environmental project including an eco-street party
  • The Vince Hines Foundation (£1,800) for a photographic exhibition
  • Ealing 6th scouts group (£906) for equipment and badge work funding
  • South Acton Skills and Arts Collaborative (£300) for classes for women from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • West London Arts Scene (£1,000) for the Magna Carta celebration during the Ealing Autumn Festival
Heathrow Village's 'Shoppa Bus'


  • Deanesfield Primary School (£5,000) to create a wildlife garden in its under used playing field
  • League of Friends (£2,328) to continue improvements to its facilities
  • Hillingdon Community Transport (£1,118) for a biweekly Heathrow Villages 'Shoppa Bus' service for elderly or disabled people in Harmondsworth and Sipson

West London projects:

  • Outside Chance (£20,000) towards anti-crime workshops for 11 to 18-year-olds in west London schools
  • A2Dominion's (£9,350) bike swap shop to launch new west London campaign Bike100 to run at local schools
  • ZSL (£5,089) for improving the water quality of the River Crane and aiding the migration of endangered European eels in the Rivers Brent and Ash