The Government’s Covenant Fund has a different focus and application process from the previous grant scheme. The Covenant Fund is an annual £10 million which is available in perpetuity. The Government will therefore keep the operation of the fund under review to ensure its aims are delivered through a process of continual improvement.
Funding themes and priorities
The Covenant Fund is an annual £10 million which is available in perpetuity. The Government will therefore keep the operation of the fund under review to ensure its aims are delivered through a process of continual improvement.
The funding priorities for April 2016 to March 2017 have now been agreed and are detailed below:
- Priority 1: Veterans’ Gateway – The deadline for submitting expressions of interest has now passed.
- Priority 2: Families in stress – The deadline for expressions of interest for 2016 has now passed but we will reopen for applications early in 2017.
- Priority 3: Improving local covenant delivery (for local authorities) – Applications under Priority 3 are now open.
- Priority 4: Community integration / delivery of local services – The deadline for the first round of applications under Priority 4 has now passed. It will reopen for applications for round two on 23 September 2016.
This year there are different eligibility rules and timescales for each of the priorities. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund
It is important to read and understand these as applications which are ineligible to apply to a particular priority will not be assessed
Previous successful bids and projects
Temple Herdewyke new play area
Residents of Temple Herdewyke, near Kineton Barracks have a new play area thanks to funding from Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund (£60,000) and The Felix Fund (£15,000). Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council opened the play area to a jubilant crowd of children and parents.
The Project Gurkha 200 Mela
The Project Gurkha 200 Mela was held at Nuneaton Carnival Field, Warwickshire on 27 June 2015 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Gurkhas service to the Crown and the bilateral relation of the UK and Nepal.
The event brought together serving personnel from (QG SIGNALS/30 Sig Regt) Gamecock Barracks, veterans, Nepalese and the local communities together to join in the understanding of the culture of the Nepalese and the British Gurkha and their commitments to the British Empire.
The cultural event aimed to play a vital role in helping the integration of both communities aiding to a greater level of cross cultural cohesion and understanding. It gave opportunity for serving members, armed forces families and wider community to integrate with each other.
Amount of funding requested from the Community Covenant Grant – £5000.
Project workers for the Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership
The Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership put forward a successful bid to the AFCC Grant Fund for two project workers to join the partnership in July 2015. They would:
- provide support to the partnership to deliver its aims;
- make sure that the Armed Forces community have access to the help and support they need;
- help redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens;
- encourage local communities to recognise the sacrifices made; and
- support the armed forces community in their area through promoting public understanding and awareness.
The Link, Temple Herdewyke
The Link Community House in Temple Herdewyke was opened on Friday 27th November 2015 by Cllr Izzy Seccombe (Leader of Warwickshire County Council) and Cllr Bob Stevens (Chair of Warwickshire County Council) to the rapturous applause of the families and children waiting to get inside and play with the new equipment and toys!
They were even greeted by Red Monkey!
The opening of The Link is the culmination of months and years of hard work by Gill Thomas from the Army Welfare Service and Tom Bunting, Station Staff Officer for MOD Kineton. Previously they had secured 2 former married quarters on the Temple Herdewyke estate for use as a community centre serving both the military and civilian population of Temple Herdewyke.
Following successful grant applications to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund (£20,000), Annington Homes (£20,000) and the Felix Fund (£4,000) with a final contribution of £1,000 from Kineton Station, a substantial refurbishment of the fledging community centre has been carried out. With the £45,000, the garden has been transformed into a fit for purpose Under 5’s play area, including a Hobbit House, and a covered area encouraging outdoor play no matter what the weather! The inside has been transformed into a space that can be utilised by many different groups that can now meet there, including Messy Church, the Health Visitor, Lighthorne Heath Children’s Centre – the list goes on.
‘The Link’, as the name suggests, is designed to encourage participation by both the military and civilian communities that live with in Temple Herdewyke and will help to provide improved integration and cohesion between the two communities.
Major Andy Mathias, Second in Command of MOD Kineton said, “This is a fantastic facility that will help to enhance the experience of living within Temple Herdewyke village for both the Military and Civilian families. The Armed Forces Community Covenant is focused on community cohesion, and this is an excellent example of the money that they, along with The Annington Trust and the Felix Fund have made available, making a real difference to a community.”
Gill Thomas from the Army Welfare Service said, “Temple Herdewyke Village is remote and has no shop or pub, so this community house has been very well received. It allows the community to interact with each other in a fit for purpose well resourced space that will be used by the whole community for many years to come. In the first week of opening we have already witnessed a marked increase in the number of families using The Link, and we have been approached by a number of other agencies that are keen to work with us, offering much needed services to Temple Herdewyke Village.”