Dublin Airport’s Community Fund has reopened for applications and will remain open for a period of six weeks until February 12, 2019.
The airport’s €10 million Community Fund was launched in 2017 with an annual investment of €400,000 over 25 years. Support is focussed on areas such as: environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion and community development, health and well-being, and culture and heritage.
The Community Fund supports projects in the neighbouring communities around Dublin Airport.
“We’re delighted to once again invite local community groups to apply for funding from the Dublin Airport Community Fund and encourage all eligible groups to apply,” said daa Community Liaison Manager Maura Cassidy.
“Dublin Airport plays a key role in its local communities as it is the catalyst for a huge range of economic activity and we also love supporting a wide range of local initiatives and organisations through the Community Fund,” Ms Cassidy added.
This will be the fourth round of funding from the Community Fund and the first time the fund has opened in early January.
“The fund originally opened for applications in March and September, however we have listened to feedback from community groups and have opened the first round of applications in January this year, which is a better time for groups to plan financially for the year ahead. The second round of applications will continue to open in September,” Ms Cassidy said.
Awards from the Community Fund are made by an independent Grant Making Panel, comprising Chairperson Marion Burns, HR Director DCU; General Manager of Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Guy Thompson; Managing Director of Country Crest, Michael Hoey; daa Chief People Officer, Brian Drain and Dublin Airport Head of Marketing Louise Bannon.
Among the groups that received funding in November 2019 were the Lambay Singers based in Swords, which received a contribution towards the purchase of a digital piano, Gaelscoil an Chuilinn in Tyrellstown where the fund contributed towards the development of a sensory room in the school, Rivermeade FC in St. Margaret’s and Ballymun Kickhams GFC both of which bought new goalposts.
The Fund also supports up to 10 students per year from economic disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme.
Groups applying for funding can find an easy how-to-apply guide along with an application form on the airport’s website HERE.
Dublin Airport plays a vital role in the local and national economies, supporting 117,300 jobs and making an €8.3 billion contribution to the Irish economy.
Image above: Bridget Canavan Holywell Badminton Club, daa Community Liaison Manager, Maura Cassidy and Catherine Moran Holywell Badminton Club pictured at the awards evening for Round 3 of Dublin Airport’s Community Fund in November.