London Stansted continues to play an ever-increasing role in the local community through its charitable actions. Over the last year, it has funded 100 local community group initiatives with £140,052. This has been donated through two categories of funding: the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund and the Stansted Airport Community Trust.

Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund

The Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund donates money to local causes within a 20-mile radius of the airport. The money donated by the committee is raised from the unwanted foreign currency of passengers and staff, which is collected in the terminal. Consideration is given to requests from sports clubs, pre-schools and nurseries, junior sports clubs, Brownies, Guides, clubs and other local charities.

For further information and to request an application form, email

Stansted Airport Community Trust – apply for a grant up to £5,000 BEFORE 12 May 2023

The Stansted Airport Community Fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to those areas most affected by the airport’s operations. It forms part of London Stansted’s Community Engagement programme, committed to minimising the impact that airport operations have on surrounding communities. Applications will be welcomed from community or other not for profit groups, charities, Town Councils and Parish Councils. Grants will not be available to organisations which should be entitled to statutory core funding in respect of the project or to individuals.

The Community Fund has re-opened for applications from March 2023. Please click here to read more about London Stansted’s funding criteria and to make an online application.

All applications for a grant from the Community Fund are assessed by an independent Committee, which is made up of local councillors stakeholders and airport representatives. These members bring local knowledge to the Community Fund, ensuring the money is used to the maximum benefit of the community. The airport has committed an annual contribution of £150,000 to this Community Fund until 2029 and this is topped up with any fines for noisy or off track aircraft.

If you would like any further information about the Community Fund, please contact them at