BAM Building have established a dedicated Community Benefit Fund for the new children’s hospital. The fund is an entirely voluntary corporate social responsibility contribution made in BAM’s tender for the construction of the new children’s hospital and is additional to the requirements of the Community Benefit Clause contained in the contract. The strategic direction of the Fund has been developed in tandem with the Community Benefit Oversight Group for the new children’s hospital which is comprised of statutory, local development and community representatives and who were responsible for the establishment of the Community Benefit Programme.
The €500,000 fund will be directed towards a number of thematic actions including a Community Grants Scheme, Educational Bursaries for third level and further education studies in construction and healthcare, a pilot Apprenticeship Support initiative, a Cultural, Arts and Sports Programme and will also support actions related to the Community Benefit Programme for the new children’s hospital. BAM’s fund commitment will cover the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Notionally, €150,000 is reserved for the Community Grants Scheme (3 years at €50,000 per annum). The educational bursaries will amount to up to €96,000 supporting approximately a total of 9 undergraduates, 12 PLC students. €96,000 is reserved for the development of an apprenticeship support scheme. €62,000 is committed to the development of an arts, sports and culture programme amount will be €62,000. There is a commitment of €75,000 to support actions under the Community Benefit Programme for the new children’s hospital while €7,000 per annum has been set aside for contingencies and administration.
Applications for this year are now open for the 2021 Education Bursaries and the Community Grants Scheme. The closing dates for the Bursaries is 26th May 2021 (though late applications may be made in exceptional circumstances by first sending a query to firstname.lastname@example.org)
The closing date for the Community Grants is 5 p.m. on 30th July 2021 with no late applications accepted. Information and application forms can be downloaded here: