The fund will provide grants of £5 million per year for the next five years. Grants of up to £1 million are available for the rest of the 2015-16 financial year.

The funding is aimed at projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for UK veterans over the age of 60 years. This includes veterans who have survived World War Two, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs.

Projects should have a real and lasting impact on the quality of life of lives of older veterans and directly benefit them and support them. Families and carers may also benefit from the projects indirectly.

The Government is ‘particularly keen’ to see portfolio applications from not-for-profit organisations that have a good track record of managing similar strategic partnership projects across regions and nationally. In this case, ‘portfolio’ refers to a ‘linked collection of projects coordinated by the lead organisation and provided by suitable partner organisations’.

The lead organisation must be a registered charity with a track record of managing large strategic projects and the capacity to manage and coordinate the provision of the proposed portfolio.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted from 20 August 2015 with a deadline of 21 September 2015.

For more information on applying, please visit the Government website