22 Jun 2021

Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Peel L&P award funding to community projects

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) and Peel L&P are pleased to announce seven local community groups and associations will receive grants from its 2021 Community Investment Fund (CIF).

The Airport Consultative Committee (ACC), which facilitates communication between the airport, local communities, councils, and businesses, has revealed the list of successful projects.  All of the sustainable community projects are within a ten-mile radius of the airport and were not eligible for local authority or national funding.

The airport partner and developer of the adjacent GatewayEast project, Peel L&P, doubled the Community Investment Fund (CIF) value this year to £10,000 to give more local community groups the opportunity to apply for valuable financial support in what has been a difficult year for local charities and community associations.  Peel L&P and DSA were keen to support projects that share their values of improving health and wellbeing, heritage conservation, environmental improvement and community cohesion. 

Alan Tolhurst, Chairman of the Airport Consultative Committee, said:  “We’ve had a great response to the Community Investment Fund (CIF) this year and it is clear that recent circumstances have really impacted grassroot community organisations.  We are pleased to be able to offer some financial support at a time when assistance for local communities is more important than ever”.

The 2021 successful projects include:

- Walkeringham Parish Council received £2,000 towards a community garden to offer a variety of accessible environmental, leisure and social activities to take place in the heart of the village.

- Doncaster Deaf Trust received £2,000 towards equipping a new Wellbeing Room.

- A grant of £502.80 has gone to Austerfield Mosaic Trust Nature Reserve to purchase a picnic bench for visitors to have a comfortable stop-off point during visits.

- Gringley on the Hill Parish Council received £1,500 towards replacing old and tired playground equipment in a local park.

- Tickhill Community Library received a grant of £1,500 to help turn an overgrown area into a pocket park and sensory garden.

- Elmfield Gymnastics Club is currently fundraising to purchase a foam pit under a set of bars to create a safe training environment for 250 children who are members of the club and received £1,500 towards their total.

- Bawtry Heritage Group have been awarded £1,000 towards providing public seating at Bawtry Market Cross, a medieval monument of historical importance to the town, and to create a robust barrier to protect it from traffic.

Kate Stow, Director of Aviation Development and Corporate Affairs, said: “We have been privileged to be able to support a number of environmental, well-being and mental health projects in local communities which have been popular requests for financial support this year.

“The importance of local outdoor spaces and community values have become very apparent as we have spent so much time in lockdown over the last year.  Community, heritage and outdoor schemes aimed at improving health and well-being have been at the forefront of funding requests this year and we are very proud to be able to support them in what has been a very challenging year for us all.”

Neal Biddle, Peel L&P’s Development Director for GatewayEast added: “As a regeneration business with projects in Doncaster, it’s important that we invest in our local communities too and we’re pleased to provide additional funding to support more projects that will help to improve the health and wellbeing of local people of all ages and we look forward to seeing these get underway.”

Previous award recipients include funding for new shirts for Doncaster Schools Football Association of Players, AKA Donny Boys and Wadworth Parish Council received a contribution towards moving the Maypole from its current position at the edge of the A1 to a safer position in the centre of the village green.