The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund has pledged more than £33,000 to organisations in Cheshire and South Manchester.
The Fund, which celebrates is 25th anniversary this December, has made donations worth more than £3.5 million to community-led projects in that time.
The latest 19 beneficiaries of the fund were decided at the Manchester Airport Community Trust’s latest quarterly meeting in April. These covered the breadth of the Trust Fund’s catchment, including organisations in Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Cheshire.
The latest round of funding will support a diverse range of initiatives including exercise equipment for a Cheshire park, an allotment for armed service veterans, equipment for various sports clubs across South Manchester, and a display freezer for a community-run food bank.
Ian Costigan, Interim Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said:
“Twenty-five years after it was first conceived, the Community Trust Fund continues to contribute enormously to the neighbourhoods surrounding our airport.
“The variety of organisations set to benefit from April’s donations is testament to the broad impact of the scheme and firmly anchors Manchester Airport within the community as we collectively recover from the impacts of the pandemic.”
The Community Trust Fund is overseen by the airport and is managed through a committee of independent Trustees made up of councillors from neighbouring communities. It provides funding either as a contribution to, or to meet the cost of, not-for-profit initiatives.
Applicants located within 10 miles of the airport site can ask for up to £3,000 of funds for equipment or costed projects.
Details on how to apply for a Community Trust Fund grant, and the full criteria, can be found here. The deadline for applications to be considered at the next quarterly meeting in July is Monday 6th June.