What is the Schiphol Fund?: The Schiphol Fund

The Schiphol Fund was established in 1994 by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a means to support the airport's social engagement objectives in the local community.

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Objective and target group

The Schiphol Fund is keen to contribute to the promotion of active recreation in the immediate environs of Schiphol. The target group comprises independent associations, schools, foundations and other organisations in the Schiphol Fund's area of operation.

The application must encourage sustainable physical exercise / playing sports. Only applications that fit this requirement will be considered.

The Schiphol Funds board operates independently.

Why exercise?

Physical exercise brings people together and promotes vitality, health, integration and camaraderie.

The Schiphol Fund board is particularly interested in goal, reach, use of volunteers, sustainability, other sponsoring and self-motivation. The Schiphol Fund also finds it important to support initiatives relating to exercise for the disabled.

The Schiphol Fund awards two types of donations: general donations and special donations.

General donations

For physical exercise-related projects with a maximum of € 15,000 per application. Several are awarded each year. The presentations take place at Schiphol. You will find the details on this website. Examples include sports and play equipment, goals, judo mats, a basketball post, playground and exercise equipment, (sail) boats, a practice wall, a climbing wall and fencing sets.

What aspects are considered when deciding to award a donation?

The project:

  • facilitates physical exercise;
  • ensures that more people can engage in physical exercise more frequently and more effectively;
  • has a sustainably designed life cycle and is environmentally friendly;
  • is open to the public;
  • is supported by ownership through means of volunteers, campaigns and suchlike.

Several examples of general donation applications that were awarded:

  • Gymnastiek Vereniging Mijdrecht – a balance beam
  • Happy2Move Amsterdam – financial contribution towards an artificial turf pitch
  • Jeugdland Nieuw-Vennep – a combination climb and slide structure

Special donations

For physical exercise-related projects in excess of € 15,000 per application. Presentations are conducted on site in consultation with the recipient in question.

With special donations, the Schiphol Fund seeks to realise the project entirely or as fully as possible. The reach of the new facility and its significance for the community also play a huge role in the Schiphol Fund board's decision-making process.

What aspects are considered when deciding to award a special donation?

The project:

  • immediately facilitates physical exercise;
  • ensures that more people can engage in physical exercise more frequently and more effectively;
  • has a sustainably designed life cycle and is environmentally friendly;
  • is open to the public;
  • is supported by ownership through means of volunteers, campaigns and suchlike.
  • has a wide reach and has significance for the community;
  • cannot be achieved without a special donation from the Schiphol Fund.

The Schiphol Fund only awards donations to projects that will make a difference thanks to the donation.

A sound basis complete with a budget and financial plan is essential. The organisation applying for the donation must be financially healthy.

Example of a special donation application that was awarded:

Voetbalvereniging sv Dios, Nieuw-Vennep – donation for a youth football pitch that would allow the club to start its own disabled G-team, and allow the youngest football players to practise uninterrupted.

Other examples: (partial) school yards, a street football cage, LED lighting for a sports pitch, a (mini) tennis court and a (mini) hockey field; in each of these cases, the donation resulted in more physical exercise.

Please note: with respect to both types of donations, there is no guarantee that the donation (or a part thereof) will be awarded despite the fact that the application meets the criteria. This may be due to the fact that other applications suit the Fund's objective to a greater degree, or the available budget is not sufficient to cover every application. Everything is always at the discretion of the Schiphol Fund.

Schiphol Fund conditions and details

See the criteria that apply to the different donations from the Schiphol Fund.