The Armed Forces Covenant Fund
Of interest to organisations dealing with Local Armed Forces, Community Integration, Local Services, Financial Advice, Housing, Mental and Physical Health, Employability, Social Support,
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Local Grant scheme for 2017 with new guidelines.
Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, and a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
The Covenant Fund provides £10 million each year to support the armed forces community across the UK. The funding is provided through different priorities, each of which has its own funding levels and applications timeframes.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Local Grant scheme has opened for applications for grants for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet MoD priorities.
The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:
Help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.
Community Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community (i.e. current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. They want to see projects which are rooted in their communities and which have grown out of a specific local need. It is important too that the project is not just the Armed Forces delivering something for the civilian community or vice-versa. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.
Delivery of Local Services projects should be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.
Applicants must work closely with their Local Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provision.
The grants will pay for most of the things needed for the project whether it is people’s time, buying or hiring equipment, or minor improvements to land or buildings.
This is not a general fund for organisations to support their core activities simply by adding members of the armed forces community to their beneficiary group in order to apply for funding.
Up to £20,000
There are no application deadlines in 2017. Applications will be accepted throughout 2017 and will be considered four times over the next 12 months.