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Dublin Airport Launches New Community Fund

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Dublin Airport is launching a new €10 million Community Fund that will support a wide range of local community initiatives.

The fund will invest €400,000 per year over the next 25 years in local projects focussed on areas such as, environment and sustainability, sports and recreation, social inclusion, community development, health and well-being, and culture and heritage.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison told the County Leader, “Dublin Airport has been supporting projects in local communities for decades and as the airport grows with additional facilities such as the new North Runway, we are expanding our support for those neighbouring communities. Dublin Airport already delivers huge benefits to the local community as it is the largest employer in the North County, with 19,200 jobs located directly at the airport or at airport related businesses.” He continued, “Dublin Airport has supported community initiatives for many years in areas such as sports, education, literacy and the arts.

Organisations and activities currently supported include, St Margaret’s GAA Club, Naomh Mearnóg GAA Club, Swords and Malahide Young Musician of the Year competitions and Fingal Libraries Battle of the Book reading programme. The Community Fund will also support up to 10 students per year from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to attend Dublin City University (DCU) via its Access Programme. By working with Dublin City University’s Access Programme, the fund will provide scholarships to students that may be marginalised, giving them the life changing opportunity to access third level education,” he concluded.

Awards from the Community Fund will be made by an independent Grant Making Panel. The fund has a transparent application process for grants, the full details of which are now available on the Dublin Airport website.

Applications will be accepted from organisations such as voluntary community groups or clubs, residents associations from local communities, schools/colleges and companies limited by guarantee.

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