Communities Trust

Registered charity number: 1058617

Who we are and what we do

Our parent company has its own grant-making charity, The Communities Trust. Funded by an annual donation from the company, the independently run Trust makes grants to support projects in the communities closest to all it's airports.

We place a priority on funding projects linked to education, the environment and economic regeneration – areas for which local people tell us they most value Trust support. Through our grants we aim:

  • To create learning opportunities for young people and so raise their aspirations
  • To break down barriers to employment through skills development
  • To help protect the environment
  • To support airport staff active in the community.

The Trust has donated a total of nearly £7 million since it first started in 1996. 


  •  David McMillan, Director General Eurocontrol, Trust Chair
  •  Alan Coates, Ealing and Hillingdon Education Business Partnership
  •  Mary Francis, Learning and Skills Consultant
  •  Alison Moore, Education and Skills Manager, Hillingdon Borough Council
  •  Matthew Gorman, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Heathrow
  •  Clare Harbord, Communications Director, Heathrow
  •  Punam Kharbanda, Business in the Community
  •  Alastair McDermid, Planning and Development Consultant
  •  Steve Ronald, British Airways

Airport Community Funds

The Trust has set up community funds for each of the airports, with locally based panels helping Trustees with grant-making decisions. The panels each meet at least four times a year to consider applications.

How to contact us

You can download a short guide for grant-seekers and an application form, or contact Trust Director Caroline Nicholls for further information and guidance:

Aberdeen Community Fund


Who can receive grants

The Trust funds a wide range of community organisations and charitable groups and charities. These include:

  1. National/international charities, delivering projects in or involving people from the communities local to our airports
  2. Locally-based charitable organisations
  3. Schools and local authorities delivering community projects
  4. Grassroots community groups and organisations
  5. Local grant makers
  6. National/international charities in support of staff fundraising activity

Support for staff

The Trust supports our staff with their charity activity and community volunteering - employees can apply for grants of up to £250 to match their own fundraising achievements or donations towards local community projects they are working with. For more information e-mail

Aberdeen Community Fund

Community panel:

  • Chair: Sarah Campbell, Aberdeen Airport
  • Margaret Mackenzie, Aberdeen Airport
  • Dan Peck, Aberdeen Airport
  • Alex Gauld, Scottish Business in the Community
  • Lewis MacDonald, MSP
  • Phyllis Stuart, British Airways
  • Cllr John Reynolds, Aberdeen City Council
  • Belinda Miller, Aberdeenshire Council
  • Alison Chandler, ACVO

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