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Making a difference for our communities

We're excited to be able to contribute financially to a range of community initiatives through our Christchurch Airport Community Fund.

How does it work?

We are a large organisation, but what we do is about much more than us. The communities we serve are top of mind in what we do as overt cheerleaders for the city, region and South Island.

When we support an organisation, event or group, we look for direct benefit to its community members.

Our Community Fund is focused on:

  • sustainability – looking after our place (we're considered world class in our sustainability endeavours and successes),
  • safety and wellbeing – looking after our communities, and
  • innovation – we're not scared to think ‘out of the box’ about something and make a plan to deliver it.

We gift Community Fund donations twice a year. When we assess applications, we look for reflection of the three focus points above. We don’t simply fund running costs or wages, but want to make things happen which make a difference in one of these three areas.

The Community Fund is a combination of Christchurch Airport’s financial contribution and donations collected in wishing wells around the airport. Now the border has reopened, we look forward to visitors dropping their coins into the wells. Sometimes we convert a dozen or more currencies!

Applications for the latest round closed at midday 8 September 2022 and are now being considered. Community Fund recipients will be announced here in October.

How to apply

No dates have been set yet for applications to be received or considered – please check back here again in the future.

Our latest recipients

The latest groups and projects we’ve supported include:

  • Clothed In Love to buy shelving for the clothing bank of children’s clothes
  • Gabby’s Starlit Hope for play and craft parcels for children in Christchurch Hospital
  • It Takes A Village to buy tablets to enable paperless records for their baby and toddler gift parcel programme
  • Mt Pleasant School to boost funds to replace a demolished multi-sport turf
  • One Mother to Another towards care packages for parents and caregivers in hospital with a sick child
  • Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa to help support families and whānau affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood
  • Phillipstown Community Centre Charitable Trust to host a Matariki celebration community event
  • Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support (PIPS) to buy essential baby items for clients needing support in early stages of parenthood
  • Rangiora Toy Library to replace some of the most-loved and most borrowed toys
  • StarJam Charitable Trust to enable more StarJam dance, rhythm and singing classes for tamariki and rangatahi living with disabilities
  • Te Whare Awhero to help continue counselling services for people suffering grief, stress, anxiety and distress