Edinburgh Airport will make £300,000 available to community groups, social enterprises and charities this year through its Community Fund, more than doubling the amount awarded in 2023.
Groups are invited to apply for funding through the airport’s website and the first round of awards will be allocated during a meeting of the Community Fund board in April. Further meetings are then scheduled for August and November.
The Community Fund allows the airport to support projects within the community, improving services and opportunities for local people, and last year the airport shared £140,000 between 48 different groups operating in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Falkirk.
£4,000 for Edinburgh Kayak Club to purchase new children’s sports equipment.
More than £5,500 for replacement heaters at Blackness Community Hall.
£4,900 for Newtongrange Community Garden to purchase equipment for an organic garden.
Cost of living payments to food and hygiene banks serving our communities.
Priority will again be given to applicants whose work reflects the pillars within Edinburgh Airport’s Greater Good sustainability strategy – Enhancing Scotland, Zero Carbon, Scotland’s Best Business and Trusted Neighbour.
Gordon Robertson, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at Edinburgh Airport said:
“By more than doubling the sum available through our Community Fund we’re able to provide even more support to even more groups in 2024.
“Through the Greater Good strategy we’re committed to sharing the benefits of the airport with the communities closest to us and we've seen the impact awards from our Community Fund can have on a wide range of groups – supporting great work already going on in our communities.
“I’d encourage anyone who thinks their group could benefit from our Community Fund to submit an application.”
Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Chair of the Community Fund, said:
“Edinburgh Airport’s Community Fund has been a fantastic source of support to local organisations for many years, and having seen the difference the funding can make I’d always encourage anyone interested to put their group forward.
“The increased pot for 2024 means there’s even more opportunity to benefit from this funding, and even more opportunity for the Fund to help groups it has not been able to reach before.”
Applications for the 2024 Community Fund are now open and can be accessed on the Edinburgh Airport website here. Any applications received now will be considered at the first meeting of 2024 on April 19.
Further information on the groups and charities supported throughout 2023 can be found in the airport’s Community Fund annual report here.
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