EMA Community Fund

Applying for an EMA Community Fund Grant

The Airport Community Fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to those areas most affected by the airport’s operations. It forms part of our Community Relations programme, committed to minimising the impact that airport operations have on surrounding communities.

Established in April 2002, the Community Fund has since helped over 1,570 initiatives benefit from £1,392,993 in funding Money from the fund has gone to a diverse range of projects from equipment for village halls to the development of wildlife areas.

All applications for a Community Fund grant are assessed by the independent Community Fund Committee, which is made up of three local councillors, an airport operator and an EMA representative. These members bring local knowledge to the Community Fund, ensuring the money is used to the maximum benefit of the community. The airport continues to make a £50,000 annual contribution to our Community Fund and this is topped up with any fines for noisy aircraft.

The Airport Community Fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to those areas most affected by the airport’s operations.

All applications are considered by our Independent Community Fund Committee and the decision of the committee is final.

You can find out about all the eligibility criteria in our EMA Community Fund Guidance Brochure – we strongly advise you read this before making an application.

If your organisation is within our 'Area of Benefit' then you can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 for tangible items of lasting benefit, such as equipment and furniture. Please do not apply for running costs. Please complete the EMA Community Fund Application Form and send this by the relevant deadline date listed below to community@eastmidlandsairport.com. Please remember to include the required supporting information including quotes for the items you wish to purchase, your organisations constitution and your annual financial information. Please note that only applications received by email to this address will be considered

Application Deadline Date

EMA Community Fund Committee Meeting

24 August 2022

7 September 2022

19 October 2022

2 November 2022

11 January 2023

25 January 2023

15 February 2023

1 March 2023

19 April 2023

03 May 2023

21 June 2023

05 July 2023

23 August 2023

06 September 2023

18 October 2023

01 November 2023

03 January 2024

17 January 2024

21 February 2024

06 March 2024

2020 EMA Community Fund Report​

2019 EMA Community Fund Report

2018 EMA Community Fund Report

In 2018/19 we supported 65 local community projects with £56,215 in grants from the EMA Community Fund. In addition, we supported a further 72 local community events and initiatives, investing a further £12,495 through our Community Sponsorship fund.​

In 2019/20 we supported 64 local community projects with £59,864 in grants from the EMA Community Fund. In addition, we supported a further 56 local community events and initiatives, investing a further £10,495 through our Community Sponsorship fund.​

EMA Covid-19 Relief Fund: In April 2020, as an immediate response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we set up our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, temporarily freezing our EMA Community Fund and Community Sponsorship programmes, and redirecting this money to community groups supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of funding awarded £23,180 to 36 local community groups including many local food banks, who saw demand increase significantly during the lockdown period. The second round of funding provided a further £40,546 to 21 local community groups to combat food poverty and social isolation being experienced by those hardest hit by the impact of Covid-19 on our local community. This brings the total support provided by the EMA Covid-19 relief fund to £63,726 in grants to 57 local community groups and charities.​

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