Community Covenant – The MOD Covenant Fund

 Overview

This page provides information on the following: (‘Jump to’ links)

  • The MOD Covenant Fund
  • Applying to the MOD Covenant Fund
  • Previous successful bids and projects

 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 funding priorities for April 2017 to March 2018 have now been agreed:

  • 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.

Families in stress

The deadline for expressions of interest for 2017 is 26 Jun 17.  The focus needs to be on supporting families of currently serving personnel who are experiencing a significant life event such as a life changing injury, bereavement, relationship breakdown, domestic abuse/violence, mental health issues or are subject to civil or Service criminal justice systems


Strengthening local government delivery of the covenant

This will reopen for applications in June 2017. Updated guidance will follow shortly.


Armed Forces Covenant: local grants

Applications for grants up to £20,000 is now open.  Projects are welcomed under this priority 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,

and/or

  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

This is an open rolling programme so applications can be submitted at any time, although with a cut off for the decision making process.  The last days for submitting applications to the Local Grant fund are 7 Jul, 6 Oct and 5 Jan 2018.

Further information and guidance on how to apply.

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:

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.

Nuneaton News – Armed Forces Day celebrationNuneaton News – Nepalese earthquake


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.”

The Link - inside play areaThe Link - inside play houseThe Link - outside play area

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

  • a 2 year Covenant post shared between North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils: This is to support their work around the Covenant
  • £300,000 for the Remember Veterans’ project: This project is being developed and delivered across Warwickshire and West Mercia to support ex-Service personnel in contact with the Criminal Justice System http://www.remember-veterans.com/
  • £20,000 for the Covenant e-learning project: this is being developed locally and will provide e-learning on the Covenant to the following groups:
    • Frontline staff in statutory and voluntary agencies
    • Armed Forces personnel
    • Staff in housing and homelessness organisations
    • Families of Armed Forces personnel
    • Those adjusting from life in the military to life in ‘civvy street’
    • Provide a link to the e-learning pages
  • £45,000 for 2 part time 12 month Project Worker posts: these posts were to support the development of the Covenant locally
  • £30,000 for the Peter Pan Nursery at Bramcote Barracks: this provided an outdoor all weather play area with equipment
  • £60,000 for a play area at Temple Herdewyke village: this village has a mix of both civilian and MOD Service Family Accommodation and is located next to MOD Kineton.
  • £30,000 for a Low Ropes course at Kingshurst Academy in Solihull: this forms part of a much larger outdoor education facility for cadets and other groups
  • £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’: this was a remembrance project in Coventry during 2014 to mark the beginning of World War I

Community Covenant – The MOD Covenant Fund was last updated on May 25, 2017.


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