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  • Edinburgh Airport Community Fund

    Created: 22/01/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance


    The Edinburgh Airport Community Fund will award up to £300,000 to local projects throughout 2024.

    The fund was established to ensure local communities share in the success of Scotland’s busiest airport. It provides financial support to community groups and charities committed to improving opportunities, facilities, and services available to local people.

    Objectives of the fund

    • Offer meaningful support to local groups, organisations, and charities in communities impacted by Edinburgh Airport’s operations
    • Make a positive difference to those who could benefit from additional funding and potential increased public exposure
    • Fulfil the airport’s aspirational commitment to be a trusted neighbour that provides tangible benefits to its community

    Criteria for funding 

    The fund will consider applications from Edinburgh, Falkirk, the Lothians, and Fife that support and reflect material issues and deliverables contained within one or more of the four pillars of Edinburgh Airport’s Greater Good sustainability strategy.

    These pillars are: 

    • Zero Carbon 
    • Enhancing Scotland 
    • Scotland’s Best Business
    • Trusted Neighbour

    Please familiarise yourself with their sustainability strategy and the four pillars here.

    Who Can Apply

    Only non-profit organisations may apply (e.g. charities, community councils, local school groups, community interest companies). Priority will be given to proposals benefitting those living within the communities closest to the airport, or those most affected by aircraft noise and airport operations, and for initiatives relating to:

    • The mitigation against and reduction of the effects of a changing climate
    • The reduction of local, negative environmental impacts
    • Supporting local biodiversity, rewilding, and/or restoration of the natural world
    • The enhancement of local business, community groups and long-term sustainable partnerships in the airport’s surrounding area
    • Improving healthy working lives and increase upskilling and employment opportunities for the socially isolated, economically deprived, and/or otherwise disadvantaged persons
    • Improving care, expanding opportunity, providing shelter, and enabling rehabilitation of vulnerable groups in the community
    • Providing urgent, targeted, local support during the cost-of-living crisis

    The fund aims to support not-for-profit organisations on projects that will leave a lasting, tangible impact. Special consideration will be given to projects that may become self-sufficient as a result of the support.

    Exemptions

    The fund does not support:

    • One-off-costs
    • Staff salaries
    • Consultant or specialist fees
    • Tickets
    • Travel costs
    • Utility costs
    • Stationery
    • IT equipment
    • Any other costs associated with administering an organisation

    All applications are judged on their merits against the criteria. Please ensure you consult this fully before making an application. There is a cap on funding of £7,000.

    How to Apply

    Click here for a full criteria breakdown and how to apply.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 05 April 2024. 




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