For every take-off or landing at Farnborough airport, the community environmental fund receives money to help support local projects.

About the environmental fund

The airport pays a levy of £2 for every take-off or landing, or £5 if the aircraft is a Boeing business jet or an Airbus A310 corporate jet.

For movements in 2021 we received £53,108. This money goes into the Farnborough airport community environmental fund, which we manage.

There is currently £74,003 available for allocation.

Who can apply for funding

Charitable organisations and voluntary or community groups can apply for a grant from this fund to support an environmental project, as long as it meets all the conditions below.

Your group or organisation must be a properly constituted not-for-profit body or organisation and it must have a bank account.  You will need to provide your constitution and a set of accounts with your application.

In exceptional circumstances, we may support other organisations where a project will improve the environment and you can demonstrate it is a not-for-profit activity.  To check if your organisation could qualify, please email our community development team using the contact details on this page. You should include details of your project and why you need funding.

Funding conditions

To apply for a grant, your project must:

  • Be located within five kilometres (three miles) of the centre of Farnborough airport (taken to be halfway down the main runway) - check on the Farnborough Airport 5km area map (this includes areas in Rushmoor, Hart, Surrey Heath and Waverley)
  • Be demonstrably and regularly affected by aircraft travelling to and from Farnborough airport
  • Result in the improvement or provision of an outdoor facility or area that has public access and is available to be enjoyed by the community as a whole
  • Be a community or environment-based bid

Projects may include open spaces, natural habitats, environmental improvements, outdoor play and community projects with an emphasis on improving the local environment or outdoor education.

Your project must not be retrospective. Organisations should not commit themselves to a project or any spending before any final decision is made.

Projects the environmental fund has already supported

The type of projects the fund has already supported include pond improvements, canal towpath upgrades, improvements to open spaces, gardening clubs, wildlife projects, new cycle ways and cycle projects, outdoor activities, music events, and play equipment.

The fund is not generally available for buildings. To find out if funding is available for your building, please email our community development team using the contact details on this page. You should include details of your project and why you need funding.

Please see below to view details of the grants we've awarded from this fund:

How we assess applications

We consider the following when we make a decision:

  • The location and nature of the project
  • The contribution to the local community
  • The need for financial help, including your organisation's balances
  • The purpose of the organisation and the help requested
  • Sustainability
  • Previous help we've provided
  • The period of the grant
  • Accessibility, especially for people with disabilities
  • The contribution to the objectives of our partners, such as health
  • Any funding from other organisations
  • What you will use the money for
  • Any direct links with the council

We will base our decision using the application form and  the supporting information you provide.  You will need to address all sections of the application form in full, as they form the key criteria for consideration.

How to apply for a grant

Before starting to complete the application form, please look through the Farnborough airport fund guidance. Here you will find all the questions asked on the application form, together with the information we are looking for.

Please note, you will need to complete the application form in one go, as there is currently no 'save' function.

As well as completing the application form, you must also submit:

  • A breakdown of your project costs
  • A copy of your organisation's constitution or set of rules
  • A copy of your most recent accounts (audited where appropriate)
  • Written estimates/quotations from contractors/suppliers for the work to be carried out or items to be bought

You will need to upload these as part of the application process.

Applications are considered as they are received until the funding runs out.

We are happy to receive other supporting documents and photos to back your application.

If you would like to discuss an application before you submit it, please contact us using the contact details on this page.

What happens once you've applied

We will contact you to let you know we've received your application and when you might expect to hear from us with a decision.

We will check your application form along with the enclosed documents to see if it is complete.

If it is not complete, we will ask you for the missing information. We may also contact you for additional information.

If you do not complete the form fully or you fail to provide additional information, we will not consider your application for a grant.

The Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Democracy, Strategy and Partnerships will make his decision having looked at all the information provided on the application form and supporting documents.

We consider applications on their merits and the amount of available funding.  We try to support as many appropriate schemes as we can.

If your application is successful

You will need to return a signed acceptance form and supporting documents before we issue your grant.

We make payments in arrears by BACS to the named organisation on completion of the project. You will need to provide evidence of your spend, such as invoices or receipts.

In exceptional circumstances and at our discretion, we may pay the funding before you incur costs. It will be up to you to ask us to consider this before you sign and return the acceptance form.

You will need to start work on the project within six months of the award and complete it within your proposed timescale, unless we have agreed in writing special arrangements.

You must only use your grant for the purpose you applied for.  We will only release funding for the agreed elements shown on the acceptance form.

Within six months of payment of the grant, you will have to give us a short report. To help with this, we will provide you with a feedback form template.

Help for your project

If your project involves young people aged between one and 25 years, Community Matters Partnership (CMPP) may be able to provide volunteers to help carry out your project. CMPP's Community Action Days are aimed at supporting local schools, youth groups, charities, colleges and not-for-profit organisations that work with young people in and around Rushmoor.

For more information or for an informal chat, please email or register your interest through the CMPP Community Action Day application form.

Another source of funding 

Rushmoor Community Lottery is an alternative way of regular fundraising.  For more information visit our Rushmoor Community Lottery page.

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