Airport Operator commits £50,000 for Community Trust Fund in 2013
Published: 28 January 2013
The operator of London Luton Airport has committed a further £50,000 for its Community Trust Fund in 2013.
Established in 2009, the fund was set up to provide support for local community initiatives that positively contribute towards the aims and objectives of the Airport’s Community Engagement Strategy.
This year’s fund is open to applications from groups in Luton, Stevenage, Central Bedfordshire, North Hertfordshire, Aylesbury Vale and St Albans district - which includes Harpenden. The fund is independently administered by the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and grants are awarded by its Grants Panel which undertakes monitoring and evaluation to ensure the grants deliver significant impact in the social, environmental and economic life of the community.
In 2012 the £50K Community Trust Fund continued to make a valuable contribution to the local community. 31 grants were made, supporting a range of local charities and community organisations.
Since 2009 £180,000 has been distributed to 134 groups. The Foundation has calculated that there have been over 10,400 direct beneficiaries and over 127,000 indirect beneficiaries of the scheme. The fund seeks to support the long term prosperity of the local community and we are pleased that 67% of groups have stated a grant from the Trust Fund has helped their long term sustainability.
Funding enabled one group, the Mid Beds Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), to employ an experienced outreach worker to work in small communities that found access to the main centres difficult. As a result, an extra 204 clients were supported. The work of the CAB generated an estimated additional annual total income of £794,000 for those clients.
Luton Choral Society received funding to hold a concert “African Sanctus” which attracted an audience of 315, the highest in ten years. The concert was not just a one off event, as it linked with Cantores, a girls’ choir that has won national competitions . In addition the Society worked closely with local schools to hold an arts competition on the subject of the concert. One primary school, Someries, joined the concert on the evening and learned how to use a range of percussion instruments.
For further details on the new fund, visit the Airport’s community website at www.london-lutoninthecommunity.co.uk/communitytrustfund/
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Notes to Editors
London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.6 million passengers in 2012. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 500 and 8,000 staff respectively, is a key economic driver for the region and a major base for ‘low cost’ or ‘no frills’ air travel.
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, EL AL, Blue Air and Flybe operate from the airport, departing to 100 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.
London Luton Airport Operations Limited, through its parent company TBI Limited, is owned jointly by the leading international infrastructure provider abertis Infraestructuras S.A. (with a 90 per cent shareholding) and the international business arm of Aena, the Spanish national airport and air traffic control organisation, Aena Desarrollo Internacional S.A. (with a 10 per cent shareholding).