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The FlightPath Fund is now accepting applications

 We take great pride in the active role we play in the communities near the airport and are delighted to report that hundreds of community groups and charities have benefited from our funding programme, the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

Established in 2010, the FlightPath Fund was set up with the sole intention of providing financial support to charities and community groups committed to improving the facilities and services available to local people.

Since launching, the total sum granted to over 600 projects and activities has amounted to almost £1,600,000.

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund is designed to ensure the communities surrounding the airport share in its success. The FlightPath supports community groups and charities in Renfrewshire, Glasgow North West and East and West Dunbartonshire.

The Flightpath Fund focuses its community investment in a number of areas including education, the environment and employment.

Latest news

FlightPath Fund returns to deliver £70,000 in support for 2021

The FlightPath Fund today (Thursday 30 September) takes off once again to deliver £70,000 to support community groups, charities and sustainability-themed projects local to Glasgow Airport.

The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.

Just over £70,000 is being made available to projects and groups of all sizes based in each of the four local authority areas supported by Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund – Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire.  

The FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial support to community groups and charities that are committed to improving the opportunities, facilities and services available to local people. Funding awards will continue to focus on three key areas:

  • Employment - We recognise the importance of making sure the future workplace is equipped with the skills that society and industry demands and, by supporting specific projects, we aim to help young people in the community reach their full potential. Awards will be given to exciting local projects that can break down barriers to employment through skills development.

 

  • Environment - To underpin our commitment to making a positive contribution to the environment, the FlightPath Fund supports projects with a focus on protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

 

  • The FlightPath Fund supports social and educational projects which are designed to bring positive benefits and to change the lives of people in the communities we serve.

Chair of the FlightPath Fund Archie Hunter said: “It is great to see a return of the FlightPath Fund which, since its inception 11 years ago, has delivered more than £1.6m in support to over 600 local clubs, groups, charities and projects.

“The aviation sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic during the last 18 months and Glasgow Airport deserves a lot of credit for ensuring that the local communities it serves are included in its recovery plans.

“The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow and Scotland when the COP26 global climate summit gets underway on Sunday 31 October.

“Since 2011, the FlightPath Fund has supported a number of environmentally-focused projects and organisations including the tremendous Flying Fish project run by the Clyde River Foundation charity. With Fund support totalling more than £40,000, this project has helped over 2300 pupils across 95 primary six classes in 58 local schools learn about the biodiversity of their local waterways and rivers.  

“We want to hear from local groups and organisations that are making a positive contribution to the environment or need financial help to kick-start a sustainability-themed project, as supporting the environment remains a core value of the FlightPath Fund.”

Glasgow Airport’s Sustainability Assurance Manager Kirsty Webster will advise the FlightPath Fund’s committee this year to help identify award submissions that best demonstrate a positive environmental impact.

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The FlightPath Fund has been a force for good since it was set up back in 2010 and I’ve seen for myself the benefits it brings to our local communities through a variety of worthwhile causes.  

“The financial support delivered by the Fund has helped a diverse range of organisations – from sports clubs and disability groups to educational programmes and environmental projects - improve the lives of thousands of people across our neighbouring communities.

“Everyone at Glasgow Airport is incredibly proud of the fantastic work carried out by the FlightPath Fund and we are thrilled to see its return.”

The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support.

Application forms can be downloaded below and returned via email only to flightpath@glasgowairport.com. The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October.

FlightPath Application Form (DOC 125KB)

FlightPath Guidelines (PDF 179KB)

A valid bank statement and proof of bank details is required in order that an award payment can be made. These must be supplied within 30 working days of the receipt of the award letter or email sent by the Fund’s administration team. Failure to do so will result in the award being rescinded.

Here is how the FlightPath Fund makes a difference

The Flying Fish biodiversity project

The FlightPath Fund has been the principal supporter of the Clyde River Foundation charity’s Flying Fish education programme for several years.

In that time over 2,300 from 95 Primary Six classes from Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire local authority areas learn more about their local streams and rivers.

The project sees the pupils take part in outdoor visits to discover more about the biodiversity of their local streams and rivers, measure the health of the water and learn about the linkages between their ecosystems and the land.

Engineering Development Trust

Pupils from seven local secondary schools took part in the national Go4SET Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) competition run by the Engineering Development Trust thanks to a £7000 award from FlightPath Fund.

Ride 63

Community cycle group Ride 63 based in Castle Semple Country Park received more than £4000 to ensure members continue to get in the saddle.

The group, which supports riders of all abilities, was awarded £1234 to purchase a mobile hoist to allow members with physical disabilities to access a range of adaptive cycles. A further £3000 was awarded to improve areas of the bike tracks to provide better access for all cyclists.

Cloan Nursery

Cloan Nursery made an application to buy outdoor all-weather suits for the children.

The Drumchapel-based nursery school provides care and educational support for more than 61 children aged between six weeks and five years old.

The nursery only had a handful of suits children could access in order to go outside to play and learn in the fantastic garden area. This meant only they could only go out in small groups and the suits then had to be dried over time.

Thanks to a £2000 award from the FlightPath Fund nursery staff were able to buy 61 play suits – one for every child.

Our FlightPath Fund committee

The committee meets under the chairmanship of accountant Archie Hunter, who brings considerable financial expertise to the role with previous positions including senior partner for KPMG (Scotland) and past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

To ensure the funding targets communities near the airport, the FlightPath committee consists of independent elected representatives from Renfrewshire, Glasgow, and East and West Dunbartonshire councils.

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Members of the committee from left to right: 
Chair Archie Hunter, Councillor Bill Binks, Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Malcolm Balfour, Glasgow City Council, Councillor Jim Finn, West Dunbartonshire Council and Councillor Rosie O'Neil, East Dunbartonshire Council.

Dates for 2022 meetings will be confirmed in due course.

 

 

Application forms are available to download below and must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to a meeting date. Please send the completed application form to flightpath@glasgowairport.com

A valid bank statement and proof of bank details is required in order that an award payment can be made. These must be supplied within 30 working days of the receipt of the award letter or email sent by the Fund’s administration team. Failure to do so will result in the award being rescinded.

FlightPath Application Form (DOC 125KB)

FlightPath Guidelines (PDF 179KB)

 

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