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Trust Challenge 2013

18/03/2013

The race to win thousands of pounds for two lucky charities or community groups is back for one more year, this time with a twist.

The ‘Trust Challenge’ competition is back, thanks to the Aberdeen International Airport Community Fund, and this year there are two separate pots of £25,000 on offer to groups who can prove they would use the money for something aspirational.

Created back in 2011, the competition previously encouraged groups to apply for a total prize fund of £50,000, won in the past by the VSA at Easter Anguston Farm and last year by Inchgarth Community Centre. This year the airport fund panel has taken the decision to split the total prize fund between two deserving charities or groups in order to reflect the need amongst the third sector.

Those applying must:
• Explain how a donation of £25,000 would be used to fund an aspirational project, to develop an idea that normal running costs do not allow them explore.   
• Do so before the end of October (closing date 31/10/2013).
• Be either a charity or a community group, however registered charitable status not required.
• Note that normal charitable application guidelines apply, a copy of which can be provided on request.

The Trust Challenge is funded by the LHR Airports Communities Trust, a registered grant-making charity, but the finalist selection will be performed by the local panel based in Aberdeen who have an understanding of the local areas of need and demand. Once a group of finalists has been selected the central Trust will choose the ultimate winner.

Sarah Campbell is the Trust panel chair in Aberdeen. She said: “It is exciting to be bringing back this unique opportunity for one more year, and we are all hopeful that the changes we have made will open this up to even more groups and charities. We have witnessed first hand what a difference that such donations have made to the recipients in the past. As such we are keen to find another two groups that can use this money for something truly aspirational.  

“We encourage anyone who is interested in applying to think big. It is our hope that these two pots of cash will bring some dreams to life and allow the third sector to realise some aspirations that have, until now, been too far from reach.”

Paul O’Connor is from Inchgarth Community Centre, the winners of the Trust Challenge 2012. He said: “I would wholeheartedly encourage groups from all across the third sector to apply for this great opportunity. The difference that the donation last year has made to our centre and to the lives of a whole variety of service users, is hard to quantify as it has been so transformational. We are able to grow, expand and offer brand new support to some of those in most need, all thanks to the airport Community Panel.”  

Following the end of October a judging process will begin and it is hoped the winning groups will be selected before the end of the year. Those interested should email communityfund@aiairport.com for an application. 

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