THE year of 2022 was once again successful for Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund with over £140,000 granted to support local community projects.

After an end-of-year review of all successful projects who were awarded funding in 2022, over 2,500 local residents have benefited from Bristol Airport Local Community Fund.

In total, 43 individual projects were awarded funding with grants ranging from £850 to £10,000 in 2022.

This includes grants for an outdoor play area for Winford Primary School; play equipment for Backwell Baby and Toddler Group; a beehive project for The Woodland Warrior Programme CIC; nature conservation equipment for the Avon Wildlife Trust.

In total, over £1.4 million has been granted to projects in the surround community of Bristol Airport since the fund was set up in 2012.

The management committee, which oversees Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund, meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and make a decision on all applied projects.

The Committee Members consist of representatives from both the Airport, North Somerset Council and is independently chaired.

The Fund’s purpose is to help mitigate the impact of the Airport’s operations and to give something back to surrounding communities who are situated in close proximity to the Airport. 

The Fund’s area of benefit includes the parishes of Winford, Wrington, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve and Barrow Gurney.

Projects which could be eligible for support include initiatives to improvements to transport infrastructure, measures to reduce community severance, nature conservation, educational projects and local sustainability initiatives.

Also, as part of the Local Community Fund is the Noise Insulation Scheme which helps mitigate the impact of aircraft and ground noise.

This scheme is set up to provide grants for new window installation for families living close to the airport and this year Bristol Airport granted over £61,000 to 25 individual residents in the local area.