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


Friends of Gillespie Park
 
One of the first projects to have been supported by the Fund is Friends of Gillespie Park, located just a stone’s throw away from Emirates Stadium. Each summer, the friends of the park host the Gillespie Festival which has been running for 26 years and which is attended by approximately 2,500 people from the local community. The Arsenal Foundation will support the 2013 festival by contributing to the event’s running costs.
 
 
Highbury Opera Theatre
 
The Highbury Opera Theatre is a community based group committed to bringing exciting, first rate opera productions to the people of Highbury, with a focus on participation amongst young people. Thanks to the Gunners’ Fund donation, up to 150 local schoolchildren were given the opportunity in June 2013 to perform Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera ‘Noye’s Fludde’ alongside professional singers, musicians and other theatre professionals at the award-winning Union Chapel on Upper Street.
 
Bringing together pupils from Drayton Park, Canonbury, St Mary’s Magdalene, Ashmount, The Gower School, St John’s Highbury Vale and William Tyndale, the event successfully brought together a wide cross-section of the community, enabling the youngsters to showcase and develop their creative talents. 
 
Research has indicated that exposing children to this kind of work can open aspirations, build confidence, and encourage them to be more productive and supportive members of their community – values that are crucial components of The Arsenal Foundation’s work.
 

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;
• Medical;
• Sickness and the relief of suffering;
• Disability;
• 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:

1. Gunners Fund - Grant Making Guidelines
2. Gunners Fund - Application Template
3. Gunners Fund - Reporting Template

To submit an application, please complete the application template and email it to ssingh@arsenal.co.uk. Alternatively, you can post an application to the following address:

Samir Singh
The Gunners Fund
The Arsenal Foundation
Highbury House
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.

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