Cricket clubs benefit from Manchester airport community fund

More than £80,000 has been pledged by Manchester airport to community causes in 2021 after nine grants totalling £23,146.46 were approved.

Beneficiaries of the latest round of donations include three local cricket clubs, a community-run project encouraging plastic recycling and a Manchester-based charity aiming to tackle food poverty.

The latest round of donations follow 17 grants offered in the spring worth £25,770 and more than £30,000 pledged in January.

The airport’s community trust fund has been running since 1997 and has provided more than £3.5 million in grants to community groups.

Manchester airport provides up to £100,000 a year, which is supplemented by fines imposed on airlines for excess noise.

Applicants located within ten miles of the airport can ask for up to £3,000 for equipment or costed projects, with applications reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Airport managing director Karen Smart said: “We have had an unprecedented number of applications in recent months from community organisations across Greater Manchester and north Cheshire, as they begin to plan for the future with the end of coronavirus restrictions hopefully in sight.

“At times like these, we recognise more than ever the important role that our airport plays as an institution at the heart of our community and are proud to be able to support so many fantastic causes with this latest round of donations.”

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