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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.

Due to operational constraints and the ongoing use of the Government's Furlough scheme, the July Community Trust Fund meeting will be moved to later in the year, your application may take longer than usual to be assessed. Any queries should be directed to Robert Pattison

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

Each year Manchester Airports Group contributes £100,000 to the Fund; any fines levied at aircraft that have breached our stringent noise limits are also paid into the Fund. These funds are then used to support neighbourhood and community projects throughout the area.

The Trustees award grants of a maximum of £3,000.

Please click on the link below for the application form. Once you have completed the form, send it as an attachment to the following email address;

Complete the Community Trust Fund application here.


Our area

This covers an approximate 10-mile radius of the Airport, concentrating on the areas most exposed to aircraft noise - see a map showing the eligible zone.

How it works

Applications are considered four times a year by a board of Trustees from Manchester Airport and the local authorities of Stockport, Trafford, Manchester, Tameside, Cheshire East and Cheshire West Council. This means that with great local insight and expertise, the Trustees evaluate applications using their knowledge to ensure the greatest possible benefit goes to the community. For more information please see the Community Trust Fund Annual Report.

Funding Criteria

The Community Trust Fund award grants to a maximum of £3,000. To be successful a group MUST:

  • Carry out positive work in the community and be of charitable nature and be ‘Not for Profit’ status.
  • Be Community, Socially or Environmentally focused
  • Based within the area of benefit

The Project should offer/be:

  • Improve, enhance, protect and conserve the natural and built environment; or offer heritage conservation;
  • or promote or advance social welfare;
  • or provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment;
  • or create a safe habitat for flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrate lasting benefit to the community.
  • Benefit all members of the community regardless of race, gender or religion.
  • Be from an established group or charity able to demonstrate clear banking or financial records, and not an individual or commercial organisation working for profit.

Before applying please read our online process guidelines and you might like to read our Frequently Asked Questions. Projects must be for the benefit of the whole community, or a substantial section of it, and not groups of an exclusive nature.

See where UK Community Grants have been awarded grants since 1997.


Meeting Dates



19th April 2021      17:00 hrs 5th March 2021
Monday 26th July 2021 28th May 2021
Monday 11th October 2021    27th August 2021
Monday 17th January 2022  26th Nov 2021
Monday 11th April 2022  6th March 2022