The MOD Covenant Fund

The MOD Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.

The Royal British Legion also provide funds to other organisations through its external grants programme, which can award grants up to £50,000.

There is also funding for the protection and use of historic war memorials available from the Heritage lottery Fund.

The funding priorities for April 2017 to March 2018:

  • Families in stress
  • Strengthening local government delivery of the covenant
  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants
  • A single grant to produce a map of need for the Covenant Fund
  • A single grant to produce an outcomes framework for the Covenant Fund
  • A single grant for the provision of a digital support programme for the Covenant Fund.

Applying to the MOD Covenant Fund

A range of organisations can apply to the MOD Covenant Fund.  These include:

  • Local Authorities, NHS organisations and other public bodies
  • Registered charities, including Community interest Companies
  • Schools
  • Armed Forces Units with a specific UIN

The MOD Covenant Fund will not fund individuals, unincorporated organisations and partnerships.

Applicants to the MOD Covenant Fund are strongly recommended to discuss their project with their local CSW partnership representative prior to the submission of any application.  Local partnerships are expected to endorse those applications that go forward to the MOD to ensure they are:

  • Based on an evidence of need
  • Connected to and work with other appropriate organisations
  • Not duplicating existing provision
  • A fit with local Covenant priorities
  • Supported by Covenant partner agencies

Local partnerships are also involved in assessment and decision making processes to support the MOD Covenant Grant Team in choosing which projects to fund.

The local CSW Covenant partnership representatives are:

Armed Forces Covenant: local grants

Projects are welcomed that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and that:

  • Help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK


  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

Applications for grants up to £20,000 an open rolling programme so applications can be submitted at any time, although with a cut off for the decision making process. 

Previous successful bids and projects

The CSW Covenant partnership has been successful in securing funding for the following:

  • £20,000 for the Covenant e-learning project
  • A two year Covenant post shared between North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils to support their work around the Covenant
  • £300,000 for the Remember Veterans’ project
  • £20,000 for the Covenant e-learning project
  • £45,000 for two part time 12 month Project Worker posts to support the development of the Covenant locally
  • £30,000 for the Peter Pan Nursery at Bramcote Barracks to provide an outdoor all weather play area with equipment
  • £60,000 for a play area at Temple Herdewyke village
  • £30,000 for a Low Ropes course at Kingshurst Academy in Solihull
  • £20,000 as part of a £45,000 project to develop a community centre in Temple Herdewyke for use by both civilian and military families
  • £17,000 for Postcards from the Past a remembrance project in Coventry during 2014 to mark the beginning of World War I.

The MOD Covenant Fund was last updated on September 20, 2017.