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Charity of the Year

At Edinburgh Airport, we realise a sustainable future is for the Greater Good. A sustainable future is important to all of us because we all want to know we are caring for our planet, for our friends and family and for the people and things that make up our lives.

As an airport we are committed to help support change in our local communities – change that will serve future generations.

As part of this commitment, we want to be a good neighbour. A neighbour that collaborates with and supports our local communities. A neighbour that shares its business success with communities via investment and awareness. A neighbour that invests resources in programmes and communities most affected by our operations.

One of the ways we do this, is through our award-winning Charity of the Year partnership - our partnership with Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) won the ‘Best Partner Relationship’ award at the 2018 Institute of Fundraising Awards

Every year we work with a different charity to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. By focussing on one charity we hope to maximise our impact, both in terms of the money we raise and the promotion we can give to the organisation.

The initiative has been running since 2012 with huge success, giving financial support and increased awareness to a number of charities. It’s also brought countless rewards to our business by engaging staff in a collective effort for the benefit of our wider community.

Applications for our 2022 Charity of the Year are now open. Keep reading to find out how to apply.

Application criteria

As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, this year we are looking to support a charity based in and providing services in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife or Falkirk.

We want to support a local charity – a group in one of our neighbouring areas that makes a big difference in the communities they serve day in day out. As we are committed to building a strong relationship throughout the year with our charity partner, we want to know where our funds are going and who we are benefitting. We often arrange visits or meetings at the charity which is why we ask that it be in one of the areas listed.

We are particularly keen to hear from charities who can support our commitment to the four pillars of our sustainability strategy:

  • Zero Carbon – charities who are fighting against climate change

  • Enhancing Scotland - charities who play their part in managing environmental impacts such as waste, recycling etc

  • Scotland’s Best Business - charities who support people into employment or provide wellbeing initiatives in communities

  • Trusted Neighbour – charities who carry out essential and vital work in our local communities

Criteria charities must meet:

  • Registered company address must be in one of the areas listed above

  • Must provide services in one of the areas listed above

  • Must support our commitments in any one of our four pillars

Application process

The application process starts with an application form. This is then reviewed by our Communications Team who ensures that the applicant has met the relevant criteria. Our Values and Wellbeing Champions then shortlist the applications, with usually between 10 and 12 going forward to a staff vote. The charity with the most votes then becomes our newest charity partner (following any legal and financial checks).

Applications open on Friday 15 October and close on Friday 5 November. We will then shortlist entries before putting a select number forward to a staff vote, with the intention of confirming the new Charity of the Year in early December.

Apply by clicking here!

Our previous partnerships

We pride ourselves on the success of our past partnerships and since they have begun, we’ve raised nearly £400,000 for a number of amazing charities.

Our partnerships are also award winning! In 2018, our partnership with Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) won the ‘Best Partner Relationship’ award from the Institute of Fundraising and we were shortlisted for the ‘Inspiring Partnership Award’ at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we extended our partnership with our 2020 Charity of the Year, SAMH, for a further year to the end of 2021.

  • 2021 / 21 – Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

  • 2019 – The Yard

  • 2018 - Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

  • 2017 - Children 1st

  • 2016 - Guide Dogs Scotland

  • 2015 - Erskine

What we do

We work with our charity for a year to help create a calendar of events for our staff to take part in.

From skydiving and abseiling; to running and cycling; to baking and quizzing – our people and teams also get their heads together to come up with innovative and creative ways to raise money. But not only do we raise funds; we raise awareness of our charity partners too. Helping to put them in the spotlight across our campus and in the media – through away days, volunteering opportunities, training, social media and advertising.