The Gunners Fund was launched in 2012 with the aim of supporting local projects and good causes in the boroughs of Islington, Camden and Hackney by offering smaller grants of up to £2,500 that can make a big difference to the community.
In the time since its launch, the Fund has supported a wide range of different projects locally, across the areas of sport, education and the arts, including:
• Friends of Gillespie Park
• St Thomas’s Playgroup
• Gillespie Primary School
• Sparkplug Motorcycle Project
• London Playing Fields Foundation
• The Arlington Association
• Highbury Opera Theatre
• The Camden Society
• Hackney Learning Trust
• St Mark’s School
• METRO visually impaired tennis coaching
• Little Angel Theatre
Little Angel Theatre
The “home of British puppetry”, Little Angel Theatre, in Islington received a grant from the Gunners Fund to support its work with schools, families and community groups on imaginative education and participation activities which raise aspirations and improve confidence, teamwork and tolerance.
Thanks to the Foundation’s grant, the theatre has facilitated a special puppetry and film performance, ‘Animating Arsenal’, celebrating 100 years in Islington and working with a selection of 11-16 year olds from four different estates across the borough as well as a group of Junior Gunners.
As well as celebrating the Club’s history, the project is successfully enabling the youngsters to engage with their local community, while helping to develop their creative and teamwork skills.
In line with the overall objectives of The Arsenal Foundation, priority for projects is given to the following areas of need:
• Education (including academic, social, physical education, skills training and community engagement);
• Sports capable of improving health;
• Sickness and the relief of suffering;
• Poverty; and
• Individual misfortune
The Gunners Fund Committee, which is made up of Arsenal staff and supporters regularly meets to assess applications and provide feedback and recommendations to the trustees of The Arsenal Foundation on potential grants.
If you would like to find out more about how you can apply for a grant, please click on the following grant making and application guidelines:
To submit an application, please complete the application template and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can post an application to the following address:
The Gunners Fund
The Arsenal Foundation
75 Drayton Park
London, N5 1BU
Please note that, due to the volume of applications we receive for the Gunners Fund, The Arsenal Foundation is unable to respond to all applications. If you have not received a response within 2 months, unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source