East Midlands Airport launches COVID-19 relief fund

East Midlands Airport launches COVID-19 relief fund

East Midlands Airport (EMA) is offering volunteers and financial support to local community and voluntary organisations to help with the Coronavirus relief effort.

Building on the strong links the airport has with community groups in the region, this new 'package' will specifically help with the COVID-19 fight-back, supporting people in most need.

Voluntary, community and charitable organisations that are helping people during the pandemic are invited to complete a simple online application form to request a share of an initial £26,000 fund and/or voluntary help from airport staff. Many airport workers have expressed an interest in applying their skills to support local causes. EMA is particularly keen to hear from local foodbanks and other groups that are helping the most vulnerable.

Chris Hayton, East Midlands Airport’s Corporate Affairs Director, says:

"The Covid-19 outbreak has hit certain people and communities harder than others. Those most affected are individuals whose work has dried up, families who rely on free school meals and people who already use foodbanks.

"While the government has announced an unprecedented package of economic support for those whose jobs and income is affected, people who struggle in normal times have been pushed even further into hardship. Therefore, as a responsible business, and where we can, we want to support our local communities."

The money made available by the airport has been re-channelled from its Community Fund which, in normal times, in ring-fenced for local community groups if they can demonstrate their cause adds social value. Grants of up to £2000 are awarded to projects that have a long-lasting community, social or environmental benefit. To date, over £1.1m has been awarded to 1384 local causes.

To apply for a grant to assist with Coronavirus support work in the community, please visit:  www.eastmidlandsairport.typeform.com/to/NuXSRS

 

 

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