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Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving at East Midlands Airport

EMA COMMUNITY FUND

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 airport operations have on surrounding communities.

Established in April 2002, the Community Fund has helped over 1,384 initiatives benefit from over £1,101,094. Money from the fund has gone to a diverse range of projects from equipment for village halls to the development of a wildlife area.

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.

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.

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all of us, but people who struggle in normal times have been pushed even further into hardship. The airport takes its role as a member of the local community very seriously and we’re proud to have been able to make a real difference to those most in need in our community.

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.

 

APPLYING FOR A COMMUNITY FUND GRANT

We have now fully reinstated our independent EMA Community Fund Committee, which will next meet on 18th November 2020 to review all eligible applications.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

To find details including eligibility criteria and how to apply please see our EMA Community Fund Brochure.

Please complete the EMA Community Fund Application Form and send this to community@eastmidlandsairport.com along with the required supporting information. 

Please note that only applications received by email to this address will be considered.