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Wednesday 22 January 2020

€10m Dublin Airport Community Fund open for new round

John Manning

Community and sporting groups across Fingal have been put on alert that they have just a few weeks remaining to apply for the latest round of funding from Dublin Airport's €10 million Community Fund.

Dublin Airport's Community Fund has reopened for applications and will remain open for a period of six weeks until February 12, 2020.

The airport's €10 million Community Fund was launched in 2017 with an annual investment of €400,000 over 25 years.

The fund supports projects in the neighbouring communities around Dublin Airport with 44 local groups receiving €122,358 in funding before Christmas.

Dublin Airport Community Liaison Manager Maura Cassidy said: 'Since the fund was opened in June 2017, more than €1 million has been granted to community groups based within the eligibility area. Support is focused on areas such as environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion and community development, health and well-being, and culture and heritage.'

Ms Cassidy added: 'This will be the sixth round of funding from the Community Fund and we're delighted to, once again, invite local community groups to apply for funding and encourage all eligible groups to apply.'

Awards from the Community Fund are made by an independent Grant Making Panel, comprising Chairperson Marion Burns, HR Director DCU; General Manager of Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Guy Thompson; Managing Director of Country Crest, Michael Hoey; daa Chief People Officer, Brian Drain and Dublin Airport Head of Marketing, Louise Bannon.

Among the groups who received funding in November 2019 were Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna in Ballymun towards a school library, Anew Support Services in Swords for a community gardening project and the Community First Responders in Malahide and Portmarnock who received funding for defibrillators.

The Fund also supports up to 10 students per year from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme.

Groups applying for funding can find an easy how-to-apply guide along with an application form on the airport's website www.dublinairport.com/community-fund.

Dublin Airport says it plays a vital role in the local and national economies, supporting 117,300 jobs and making an €8.3 billion contribution to the Irish economy and the Community Fund is aimed at lending a helping hand to the communities that surround the airport campus.

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