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Making a difference for our communities

We're excited to be able to contribute financially to a range of community initiatives through our Christchurch Airport Community Fund.

Some of the groups and projects we’ve supported include:

  • Ashburton Indian Multicultural Charitable Trust  to stage a Festival of Colours in Ashburton

  • Olympia Gymnastic Sports  towards replacing parallel bars

  • Yaldhurst Model School  to buy a defibrillator

  • Laura Ferguson Trust  contribution towards much needed hospital beds for rehabilitation unit

  • Stepping Stone Trust  to help buy resources for mental health first aid courses

  • Rachel’s House Trust  to support Rangiora’s young isolated Mums and their families

  • Christchurch North Community Patrol  to buy a smartphone for a patrol vehicle

  • Avon Otakaro Forest Park  to buy native plants for a three acre site in the Residential Red Zone

  • Christchurch Singletrack Club  for signage at the public mountain bike park near Halswell Quarry

  • Centaurus Plunket Group  to buy outdoor play structures for children

  • Rolleston Scout Group  to buy a gas fridge to camps

  • Epilepsy Canterbury to buy resources and wristbands for children with epilepsy so they can get assistance when they need it

  • Waimak Open Door to buy resources for an open house for the lonely, hungry and most vulnerable

  • Oak Development Trust to buy resources for a new Filipino children’s playgroup

  • Eastern Community Sport  to buy hoops, nets and balls for “Give It A Go” session for children in eastern suburbs

  • Pegasus Toy Library to buy new educational toys

  • NZ Antarctic Society  to enable it to complete an audio library

  • New Zealand Latin Awards to buy the awards for Latin American community awards

  • Kai Baskets to enable flax baskets to be made for supermarkets in place of plastic bags for fruit and veges

  • The Firewood Mission to provide free firewood to people in need

How does it work?

As a large organisation, we receive many requests for support. A key thing we look for is direct benefit to community members. (This means we are unable to simply fund running costs or wages.) When you apply, please make it very clear how the community will benefit from the project you propose.

We gift Community Fund donations to projects twice per year. There is no set amount for each grant and decisions are based on a range of factors including fund availability, requests by applicants and benefit to the community.

The Community Fund is a combination of Christchurch Airport’s financial contribution plus donations in various currencies collected in boxes around the airport.

Applications for the latest round closed at midday 31 March 2022 and are now being considered. Community Fund recipients will be announced here in April.