Piloted in 2023, the scheme invites applications for grants of up to £10,000 from organisations based, and working within, a five-mile radius of the airport. The fund will be managed on behalf of LLA by Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation (BLCF).
Last year, grants totalling £90,000, partly funded through the airport’s existing Community Trust grant funding process, were awarded to ten local projects, with more than 15,000 local people benefitting. Chosen projects included the installation of a sensory garden at Maidenhall Primary School, the development of an outdoor learning space at Tennyson Road Primary School, a ‘greener garden’ project for the Bangladesh Youth League and investment in a new ‘community fridge’ for the Marsh Farm Futures charity.
“This is an exciting opportunity for London Luton Airport to support local groups and organisations looking to contribute to the protection of our local environment, heritage sites and conservation areas,” said David Vazquez, head of sustainability at London Luton Airport. “We have ambitious net-zero targets and we are particularly keen to receive proposals for educational initiatives around biodiversity and carbon reduction. We look forward to building on a very successful first year for the Greener Future Fund that saw much-needed funding provided to some hugely worthwhile projects across our local communities.”
The application window will be open until March 8, 2024.