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Heathrow Community Fund

‘Writing my way to Paris’ – a competition for blind and partially sighted budding authors

Blind and partially sighted 11-18 year olds living in areas surrounding Heathrow airport can win an exclusive trip to Paris by entering a creative writing competition organised by the RLSB (Royal London Society for Blind People) and supported by the Heathrow Community Fund and British Airways.

The competition has been launched to celebrate the new ‘RLSB West London Social’ a new free group for blind and partially sighted young people living in West London, set up with the support of a £25,000 grant from Heathrow Community Fund.

To enter the “Writing my way to Paris” competition, budding authors need to type or record a 700-word story based around 24 hours in the French capital that begins with the opening line,

“As our BA flight took off from Heathrow Terminal 5….”

The author will be the central character in the story that can be a crime thriller, romance or surreal time-travel adventure. Creative writers have 700 words to wow the judges – one word for each kilometre that makes up the 700km return trip to Paris.

As well as the return flights for the long weekend trip donated by British Airways, the winner will be given £750 spending money. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place.

Entries from should be submitted online at rlsb.org.uk/paris by Monday 14th July and the winners will be announced on Monday 25th August. Entrants must live within the West London boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow or in Richmond, Runnymede, Slough, South Bucks, Spelthorne, Windsor or Maidenhead.

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

Heathrow Community Fund

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 around £500,000 will be available through three distinct 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.

Detailed guidance on applying 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.

Detailed guidance on applying for a Communities for Tomorrow grant

Communities Together

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

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

Detailed guidance on applying for a Communities Together grant

Further information about the Heathrow Community Fund

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 drop an email with a summary of your proposal to Kate Birch at community_fund@heathrow.com.