Launching Our 2019 Community Grant Scheme!

Published: 22/05/2019

Our grants have helped launch new schemes, maintain groups and prevent them closing as well as helping hundreds of people to enjoy some special time together. In 2019, we are relaunching our Community Grant Scheme with some new criteria and are delighted to announce that we will be awarding our grants of £250 throughout the year.

As our customers live in the community and this is where we provide care support, we strive to do as much as we can to make a difference in the areas that they live.

One way that we do this is through our Community Grant Scheme, which is where we make a number of grants available to local charity and community organisations throughout the year.


Since launched in 2016, we have given over £15,000 to local groups and know that this money has gone to make a tremendous difference.

Just a few groups we have provided finance to include Young At Heart Group for their summer outing, Imago's Volunteer Transport scheme, Friendly Neighbourhood Project's afternoon tea and Hospice In The Weald.

Jenny, Chairperson for the Number One Community Trust, said: of our grant for Young At Heart Group:
The activities that we provide are a vital way to help older people in the community to make friends and social connections and to improve their general health and wellbeing, and the visit to RHS Wisley will provide a rare day out for our members in uplifting, inspiring surroundings.
 
Our excursion to RHS Wisley, which would not have been possible without Bluebird Care's generous support, will enable some of our more isolated members to enjoy a stunning flower show which they would not have been able to visit without the support and transportation that we will now be able to provide.
Our grants have helped launch new schemes, maintain groups and prevent them closing as well as helping hundreds of people to enjoy some special time together.

There are a tremendous number of excellent organisations that could benefit from the grant funding and 2018 saw a 100% increase in the number of applications we received.

In 2019, we are relaunching our Community Grant Scheme with some new criteria and are delighted to announce that we will be awarding our grants of £250 throughout the year.

Grants will be awarded in March, May, September and November with the application deadline for the March grant being 20th February.

Applications must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the grant:
  • Be based (and support people) in Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells
  • Primarily support those aged 60+
  • Not use the grant as part of a round of funding
A grant application form can be downloaded from here and for more information, please contact nathanbrown@bluebirdcare.co.uk.

Community Liaison Manager, Nathan explained:
Our Community Grant Scheme is extremely important and we have seen such an increase in applications over 2018 that we have revisited the criteria for our 2019 grants.

It is very positive to see the difference that the scheme makes to the lives of so many people, and throughout the year we will also be revisiting some schemes to see the difference that our grant has made!