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A record amount of funding has been donated this year to help local projects from Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund

The past 12 months has been a record year for Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund with over £220,000 granted to support local community projects, making it the highest amount ever granted in a year.

In total, 62 individual projects have benefited from the Fund with grants ranging from £500 to £15,000 in 2023.  This includes grants for an outdoor play area for Backwell and Cleeve playing fields, solar panels for Uncle Paul's Chilli Charity, children's educational equipment for Winford Village Pre-School and a nature conservation educational scheme for Bristol Avon River Trust. In total, £1.6 million has been granted to projects in the surrounding community of Bristol Airport since the fund was set up in 2012.

The management committee, which oversees Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund, meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and make a decision on all received applications. The Committee Members consist of representatives from both the Airport, North Somerset Council and is independently chaired. The Local Community Fund’s purpose is to help mitigate the impact of the Airport’s operations and to give something back to surrounding communities who are situated in close proximity to the Airport.  

Also, as part of the Local Community Fund is the Noise Insulation Scheme which helps mitigate the impact of aircraft and ground noise. This scheme is set up to provide grants for new window installation for families living close to the airport and this year Bristol Airport has pledged £85,000 to support 32 individual residents in the local area.