Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund Donates Over £36,000 to Local Projects, Supporting Not-for-Profit Initiatives and Community-Led Organizations

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund Donates Over £36,000 to Local Projects, Supporting Not-for-Profit Initiatives and Community-Led Organizations

  • Quarterly meeting sees 22 organisations across Greater Manchester receive grants
  • Beneficiaries include sport clubs, Scout groups and community arts projects
  • For more information or to apply for a grant see:

Manchester, UK, 2023-Feb-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund has announced it will donate more than £36,000 to community-led projects and groups.

Among those awarded funds at the latest quarterly meeting were Abney Scout and Guide Centre, in Cheadle. The group will receive £3,000 to upgrade and improve the centre’s toilet and shower facilities, to make them fully accessible.

Elsewhere, the BLOOM Allotments project at the LEAP Children & Families Centre in Hyde will also receive the maximum £3,000 of funding. This will be used for the refurbishment of a woodshed, where the group holds community workshops. They were presented with a cheque by Cllr Bill Fairfoull, a Community Trust Fund trustee, and Jonathan Reynolds MP, who visited and toured the project.

The Community Trust Fund was founded in December 1997 and is managed by a committee of independent trustees formed of councillors from the six local authority areas which fall within the fund’s catchment area.

The airport contributes £100,000 per year to the fund, which provides cash either as a contribution to, or to meet the full cost of, not-for-profit initiatives.

Community-led projects or not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £3,000 of funding at a time, with requests reviewed on a quarterly basis.

The Abney Scout and Guide Centre’s Carol Pimlott said: “We are so grateful for the grant, which will help towards the refurbishment of the toilets and in turn will benefit the wider community.”

BLOOM Allotments’ Joanne McColl Parry said: “We are delighted to receive this funding, which will help to create a safe, dry, inviting space at BLOOM for vulnerable adults, children, and people with a learning disability or long-term mental health condition.

“They will be able to enjoy working together, learn new skills, make friends, and support each other, as well as making projects to be proud of.”

The full list of organisations to be awarded a grant at January’s meeting, and what they will be using the money for, can be found below.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “Last year we celebrated a quarter of a century of the Community Trust Fund and we are incredibly proud of the lasting legacy this funding has had across our neighbouring communities. We will continue to make supporting those communities a priority.”

Jonathan Reynolds MP added: “Congratulations to all the successful applicants in this round of Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund.

“It was great to meet with Bloom and hear about how the funds they have received will be used to support the refurbishment of their woodshed to provide more community workshops.

“I would encourage all community groups to apply to the next round of Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund and see how they might be able to make a change in their area.”

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 meeting is Sunday 19th March.

Amount Purpose of donation
Make Build Grow £1,000.00 Equipment for creative art and DIY workshops
Baxter Park Bowling and Community Club £1,230.00 Outdoor Canopy
Marple Community Woodcraft £1,500.00 Tools to create new public benches
Cheadle Hulme Lacrosse Club £850.00 Equipment to maintain sports pitches
Art Attack Arts £2,689.39 Equipment to support guided music making
Heaton Norris Community Centre £2,014.36 Kitchen equipment for Allan’s Café
Grove Lane Baptist Church £1,000.00 Defibrillator
2nd Gatley Guides and Rangers £2,994.17 Camping equipment
Cheadle Hulme Mission Hall £1,500.00 Stair Lift
Abney Scout and Guide Centre £3,000.00 Toilet improvements
Proud2b Parents £2,578.00 IT equipment to improve accessibility of sessions
Brink Productions £651.96 Laptops, Antivirus and headphones to support free activities for underprivileged children
Barlow Moor Community Association £1,400.00 Cooking equipment to support those facing food poverty
Our Space Youth Club £1,500.00 Sensory tent
Friends of Chorlton Park £679.53 Gardening Equipment
Citywise £588.11 Equipment to support out-of-school activities
Wythenshawe Community Rugby Club £2,500.00 Groundskeeping equipment
7th Sale Moor Brownies £500.00 Cooking Equipment
Reach out to the Community £370.00 Printer and Shelving Units
Blossom £3,000.00 Gardening equipment
Victoria Park Community Association £2,300.00 New seating for community centre
BLOOM at LEAP £3,000.00 Refurbishment of woodshed used for community workshops
TOTAL £36,845.52


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