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Glasgow Airport puts £25,000 up for grabs

Erskine Bishop community sports hub

Charities and community groups have been invited to compete for a £25,000 lump sum from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The one-off grant will be given to the organisation which makes the most convincing case for a significant project which will bring a lasting benefit to those living in and around the airport community.

In order to be considered for the airport’s fourth Challenge Fund, applicants must demonstrate that their project will lead to positive outcomes in at least one of three areas – education, employment or the environment.

On three previous occasions the FlightPath Challenge Fund has awarded large sums to worthy projects in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East and West Dunbartonshire.

In 2014 – the year of the Commonwealth Games - the airport gave £25,000 to the Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan Community Sports Hub to improve grassroots sports coaching and participation in Renfrewshire. The money was used to fund 400 spaces on coach education projects for local people over a two year period, covering a range of activities including athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, dance, disability sport, football, rugby, swimming and tennis.

A further £25,000 was given to transform the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal into an attractive and user-friendly walking route. Glasgow Airport donated money to the West Dunbartonshire Community Volunteer Services (WDCVS) to work with the communities of Whitecrook, Linnvale and Dalmuir to design and create distance markers and benches along a two mile stretch of the canal. The support was also used to train 48 volunteers to become qualified walk leaders and first aiders.

In 2013, the community departments of Celtic and Rangers football clubs received £50,000 between them to enable educational youth football programmes to take place in Clydebank and Drumchapel. This funding ensured 280 young people were able to benefit from more than 40 hours of coaching and workshops designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and sectarianism, while also increasing the number of young people taking part in physical activity.

A recent Glasgow project that benefited from FlightPath funding was veterans training initiative Re-Tune.  The project, based in the east end of the city, works with veterans to give them new skills in musical instrument making and repair, helping them to make the transition back to civilian life.  Glasgow Airport granted the project £2,000 to enable it to reach out to 18 veterans, including those living in Erskine and Paisley.

Archie Hunter, Chairman of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund said:

"Following the major levels of interest we’ve had in our Challenge Fund over the past three years, we are very pleased to be announcing another tranche of funding for 2015.

“This is a great opportunity for a local community project or national charity to deliver a project which will bring long lasting benefits to the areas surrounding the airport, and I would urge groups to come forth and submit an application.

“We would like to hear from projects that are looking to deliver initiatives which focus on education, employment and the environment – groups must demonstrate they can work in one, two or all three of these areas.

“Through the FlightPath Fund we support organisations of all shapes and sizes, from local through to national, and we are hopeful that this announcement will generate a significant amount of interest and that the applications will continue to reflect this diversity.”

Selina Ross, Chief Executive of WDCVS, said: “We were thrilled to be selected as one of the recipients of the Challenge Fund in 2014. This was a really unique opportunity which gave us the fund we needed to take forward an incredibly exciting project with the people of Clydebank. To date, we’ve made fantastic progress with the project and later this spring we will install new benches on the canal path. None of this would have been possible without the support we received from the FlightPath Challenge Fund.”

Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 to ensure nearby communities share in the airport’s success. To date it has given more than £850,000 to communities in those areas of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire which lie under the flight path. Each of these four local authority areas is represented on the decision-making panel.

If you are a charity or community group seeking funding and your project meets the criteria below then why not apply?

To be considered a project must:

  • Create a significant and sustainable benefit to the community.
  • Yield positive outcomes in at least one of the following areas: education, employment and the environment.
  • Benefit a significant number of people.

Applications must:

  • Provide clear evidence that the project will fulfil a local need.
  • Provide clear evidence of the financial viability of the project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 June 2015. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s decision-making panel, which is run independently of the airport, will decide on the winner.

If you would like more information on the Challenge Fund or FlightPath Fund visit, e-mail or write to FlightPath Fund, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW


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