Manchester Airport announces new grants for community projects

22nd April 2014

Manchester Airport has announced the latest round of organisations that are set to benefit with a grant awarded from its Community Trust Fund – a pot of cash partly generated from fines levied at aircraft that have breached the airport’s stringent noise limits.

In total, 24 local community groups and not-for-profit organisations from across Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Tameside, Cheshire East and Cheshire West, will all benefit from the grants, which total in the region of 45,000.

Manchester

In Manchester, the Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club will receive 2,966 towards a new lawnmower; and the Woodhouse Park Allotment Society in Wythenshawe have been award 3,000 to lay down some new paths. West Manchester CFC, a community football club based in Whalley Range, has bagged 940 towards new training equipment.

Trafford

In Trafford, a donation of 1000 has been made to the Friends of King George V Pool @ Environs, Altrincham toward new fish stock. The Friends of Stamford Park has received 1,740 for some new picnic area tables and the Altrincham Community Team gains 2,500 to spend on a new hanging-basket scheme for town centre.

St Lawrence’s Gaelic Football Club in Stretford is to collect 1,500 towards training equipment and Manor High School in Sale has been given 1,364 to help fund a pod bike scheme; whilst the Timperley Parish Room & Club is to receive 1,500 towards a new shelter.

Hale’s Friends of Halecroft Park is to receive 1115 towards improving drainage in the sunken garden, whilst 2,167 is trumpeting its way to the Flixton Band group to help pay for new brass instruments.

Stockport

In Stockport, the Grove Park Squash Club in Cheadle Hulme has been awarded 1,500 to fund the start-up of a park run; and the Parents, Teachers & Friends Association in Heald Green receives 1,550 towards new walkways with murals and planting.

The Stockport Building Preservation Trust has been given 2,000 for a commemorate World War One plaque in Woodbank. The Manchester & Stockport Canal Society also receive funding for the installation of commemorative plaque at Lancashire Hill.

NK Theatre Arts based in Romiley has been granted 1,440 towards new stage lighting; and Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Edgeley has been allocated 2,000 to pay for a butterfly tree

Tameside

In Tameside, Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne will be boosted by a donation of 2810 towards the creation of a sensory garden & raised flower beds.

The Denton West End Community Library is to receive 1,500 towards the cost of installing a new multi-use floor; whilst the 1st Denton (St Lawrence) Scout Group has been given 960 towards the costs of some brand new tents and camping equipment.

Cheshire East & Cheshire West

In Cheshire East, the Styal Village Association has been awarded a grant of 2,995 towards restoring a gate and railings in the village. The Cheshire East 1st Lindow Scout Group has been given 1,500 towards the costs of some brand new tents and camping equipment for the group.

In Cheshire West, new environmentally friendly heat efficient windows will be installed at Bradshaw Brook Methodist Church as a result of a 2,000 grant. And, St Mary's & All Saints Church in Great Budsworth, has been allocated 3,000 towards a commemorative reproduction of WW1 diaries of local men from the village.

Andrew Cowan, the Chief Operating Officer of MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, comments: “We recognise the importance of being a good neighbour to our local communities and this role extends beyond the employment opportunities, global connectivity and the economic benefits the airport brings to the surrounding areas.

“We have a long-standing commitment to supporting community projects throughout the area; especially those that help bring a lasting benefit to as wide a range of people as possible. Our latest round of grants will see another 24 groups, which all provide a very worthwhile contribution to their local community. Our commitment now stands at more than 3 million and over 1,250 groups have benefitted as a result.”

The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund is a registered charity and was established to promote, enhance, improve and protect both the natural and built environment in the local communities surrounding the airport.

Each year MAG contributes 100,000 to the Fund, with any fines levied at airlines whose aircraft that have breached the airport’s stringent noise limits during take-off or landing, also paid in to the Fund.

Since the Community Trust Fund initiative began in 1997, Manchester Airport has donated more than 3 million worth of grants, supporting more than 1,250 different local community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

For more information, visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk/CommunityTrustFund

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For more information contact the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

About the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund is a registered charity and was established to promote, enhance, improve and protect both the natural and built environment in our local community.

Each year Manchester Airports Group (MAG) contributes 100,000 to the Fund; any fines levied at aircraft that have breached our stringent noise limits are also paid in to the Fund. These funds are then used to support neighbourhood and community projects within an approximate 10-mile radius of the Airport, concentrating on the areas most exposed to aircraft noise.

For more information, visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk/CommunityTrustFund

Published on: 22/04/2014 16:33:07