Community Fund

 

Christchurch Airport regularly receives many requests for donations to charitable causes and/or sponsorship of community group activities or projects. Requests for such donations and sponsorships are made throughout the year and we aim to ensure consistency in the evaluation of Community Fund applications.

We are required to consider carefully whether the group or project will have direct benefit for community members, so are unable to simply fund running costs or wages. As your prepare your application, please make very clear to us the benefit to the community from the project you propose.

When the recipients are agreed, their representatives are invited to a function at Christchurch Airport to meet the other recipients and airport staff, to speak to the group about the project the grant will support and to have photos taken for their own and our use.

The Community Fund is made up of donations in various currencies collected in charity collection boxes around the airport, then topped up by Christchurch Airport's own contribution. Applications are reviewed twice a year by a small committee and recipients selected as a result. There is no set amount for the grants and each is made based on factors including fund availability, requests by applicants and assessment of the benefit to the community.

LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS AND PROJECTS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN AWARDED GRANTS TOTALLING $20,000

  • ParaFed Canterbury  to help purchase a junior wheelchair basketball chair to allow some more children to participate in sport
  • Bellyful Waimakariri  to help purchase a freezer for the meals volunteers make and freeze, then gift to families with newborns or families with young children struggling with illness
  • North Canterbury Alpine Trust to support children from East Christchurch to have an outdoor recreation experience
  • Greening the Rubble to contribute towards a mobile workshop for community engagement
  • Leukemia & Blood Cancer NZ to help establish a support centre for patients, caregivers and family members living with blood cancer
  • Christchurch Children's Holiday Camps Trust to subsidise the attendance costs for children identified by their school as likely to benefit from a three-day camp
  • Clown Doctors New Zealand to enable more clown doctor visits to ill children in Christchurch Public Hospital
  • Waimairi Toy Library to help introduce a new range of toys specifically for children with learning or physical disabilities
  • New Brighton Project Blanket Bank to pay for shelves to store donated bedding items until they are given to families needing warm bedding
  • The Seabrook McKenzie Centre for Specific Learning Disabilities to enable tuition for children with learning difficulties
  • StarJam Charitable Trust to cover some of the costs of the StarJam Christchurch Music Workshop and Community Performance programme for youth with disability
  • Rangiora Toy Library to pay for safety fencing and gates around the toy library
  • AfterMath Charitable Trust to help purchase equipment for an artwork to be developed by local artists
  • Otakaro Park Scout Group to buy buckets, scrubbing brushes and cleaning materials for scouts who maintain local cemeteries' headstones

The latest round of applications closed at noon on Friday 7 September 2018. The next round of applications will open at the start of 2019.

HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the Application Form and email with supporting documentation to sponsorship@cial.co.nz

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