The new Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund, established in August 2015, was set up to fund local projects which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live.
Registered charities, registered community interest companies, statutory bodies, and armed forces units with a UIN can apply for small grants of up to £20,000.
The funding is for one-off projects, which have lasting impact, and clear exit or sustainability strategies.
Projects must address the MoD’s priorities for 2015-16, which are:
- Community integration – projects should help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK. It is expected that most projects will be for local community projects.
- The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community – projects should offer support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families across a number of areas: financial, housing, mental and physical health, employability and social support. It is expected that most projects will offer strategic solutions and be funded through the Large Grants scheme.
- Former service personnel in the criminal justice system – projects should help provide a joined up service to former members of the armed forces that come into contact with the police, courts and prisons. Although it is expected that most projects will offer strategic solutions and be funded through the Large Grants scheme, there may be some local schemes that fill gaps and would thus be suitable for small grant awards.
The funding can cover most of the things needed for the project, including paying for people’s time, buying or hiring equipment or minor improvements to land or buildings.
For more information, please visit the council website