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Aberdeen Airport massive £50,000 giveaway!

18/03/2010

It is a question that is music to the ears of any charity or community group in the North-east… what could you do with 50 grand?

No it is not a typo, they really could get 50 grand!

Groups from right around the area are being invited to apply for a community grant, which could see them scoop a staggering £50,000 for a unique project or scheme.

Aberdeen Airport Community Panel has spent this year giving away £30,000 to a whole host of local causes. Now the central BAA Communities Trust who provides that pot of cash has released an extra-special chunk of funding, known as the ‘Trust Challenge Fund’.

The idea is that local community groups or charities will apply, explaining exactly what they could do with that amount of money. From there the best of the North-east projects will be picked and taken forward to a meeting of the main Trust, for a final decision on whether it qualifies to scoop the massive cheque.

Sarah Campbell, the airport Communications Manager, chairs the local panel. She explained some of the selection criteria. “We tend to favour projects that have strong environmental or educational benefits, she said. “The more innovative your ideas the better. And be specific, we want to hear about detailed one-off initiatives that this donation could help fund or support, not just general running costs.”

“Our aim is to take a project from the North-east for consideration that really reflects the depth of great community work happening right around this area. We are inviting applications between now and the middle of December (Wednesday 15th).”

Caroline Nicholls, Director of BAA Communities Trust, said: "As a grant-making charity we are keen to help local people make a significant and positive difference in their local community.

"We hope that the Trust Challenge Fund can help to make a community dream come true."

Applying couldn’t be easier. Just go to www.aberdeenairport.com and look for the section named Community Matters (under ‘About Aberdeen Airport’). There you can download and print an application form or send it to the postal address.

Applications will be considered in January by the wider Community Trust and then a winner will be selected from all the shortlisted applications.

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