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Southampton Airport Community Fund

Southampton Airport is committed to minimising the impact that airport operations has on its neighbours and to run the airport responsibly.

Southampton Airport Community Fund

The airport has established the Southampton Airport Community Fund Panel which invests charitable funds in community projects and initiatives in the local area.

Previous projects supported by the Fund include community orchards, educational workshops for young people on managing safe relationships, a vocational day service for adults with learning disabilities and a refurbishment project for a local group of Scouts.

The Southampton Airport Community Fund panel

Applications are assessed once a year in June. The deadline for applications is 15 May.

All applications for support go through a short-listing process. The short-listed projects then go forward to the panel for further discussion.

The panel includes members from some of the companies at Southampton Airport, The Communities Trust, Eastleigh Borough Council, and Southampton City Council.

The mix of these members allows for independent discussions, the development of cross-organisation collaboration on community projects, and ensures the projects chosen for support are those which will have the maximum benefit across the local community.

More information is available on Southampton Airport's Community Fund pages.

Grants criteria

When short-listing and reviewing applications, the panel looks for projects which fit the following areas:

  • Projects benefitting those within very close proximity to the airport, in the areas most affected by the airport’s operation. As a general guide this could projects within a 3mile radius, though factors such as flight path and other factors are taken into consideration.
  • Projects linked to the themes of environment, education and training opportunities for skills development (particularly for the 14 – 21 age group).
  • Projects which enable the airport to give full support and actively get involved, rather than just giving financially.
  • Projects in which the funds will support a whole project or particular element of a project, rather than contributing to a larger pot of funds.
  • The value for money (costs v benefits).
  • Projects in which the donated funds will potentially ‘unlock’ further matched funds from other organisations.
  • Projects with a lasting legacy for the community, with on-going benefits in the future.
  • All applications must be for projects commencing in the 12 months following the grant assessment.

Grant restrictions

The fund does not provide funds for:

  • general running costs
  • salary costs
  • for appeals in support of a sole person, whether health or education related
  • commercial sponsorship
  • third party advertising
  • political campaigning

For further information, contact Lousie Neville at community_fund@southamptonairport.com or visit Southampton Airport's Community Fund pages.

Grant application form (70KB DOC)

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Apply for a grant

Download the grant application form (70KB DOC)