Funding for Swift and Bat Conservation Project

A Swift and Bat Conservation project in Medway has received Funding from Kent Community Foundation

A project to develop nesting areas for swifts and bats which will help to educate the pupils of Abbey Court School in Strood about the environment, received a grant of £1,000 from Kent Community Foundation towards the installation of a swift tower.

The swift and bat conservation initiative forms part of a larger farm project at Abbey Court School, to create an outdoor classroom, a farm office, a stable block, a livestock and feed barn, a horticultural area with polytunnel, and areas for chickens, rabbits, pigs, birds, bats, bees, insects, and wildlife.

The funding towards an Abbey Court swift nesting tower is one example of the type of environmental project that a  new Kent Community Foundation, Fund for the Environment, is looking to support.



Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Kent Community Foundation has been supporting environmental projects in the county for many years. This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary by introducing a Fund for the Environment so that we can fund more environmental projects that improve local spaces and encourage more sustainable ways of living, understand the link between poverty of life and poverty of environment and aim to improve the most affected  communities.”

The new Kent Community Foundation Fund for the Environment brings together individuals and companies who are interested in a better future for everyone across Kent and Medway. The Fund will embody the ‘think global, act local’ sentiment and facilitate change by supporting projects which enrich nature, connect people with green spaces and enable more sustainable and healthier ways of living in Kent and Medway.

To see the type of projects the Fund will support visit

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Picture Caption  – The Abbey Court swift nesting tower

About Abbey Court School 

Abbey Court School educates 175 pupils between the ages of 3 and 19, all with severe and profound learning difficulties. Many pupils have life limiting and life-threatening conditions.

About the Fund for the Environment

The Fund for the Environment opened with £200,000 to fund  projects with average grants of £4,000. Projects that will be considered for funding may include the planting of trees and hedging regeneration, restoration of local habitats, organised litter picking, and beach cleans, community garden projects, projects focused on educating children about local wildlife and nature, projects focused on learning about growing and cooking your own food or  projects using solar panels or insulation to make community buildings greener.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.