Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 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 2018 to March 2019:

  • Families in stress
  • Armed Forces Covenant: local grants
  • The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme
  • (Others to be announced)

Applying to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

A range of organisations can apply.  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 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 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 Armed Forces Covenant Trust 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

and/or

  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

Community Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community (i.e. current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding.

Delivery of Local Services projects should be local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employ-ability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

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. 

You are welcome to submit your application at any time from 23rd April 2018, and we will be making decisions four times in every 12 month period:

  • Applications submitted by midday 13th May 18 will be decided before the end of June 2018
  • Applications submitted by midday 29th July 18 will be decided before the end of Sept 2018
  • Applications submitted by midday 30th Sept 18 will be decided before the end of Nov 2018
  • Applications submitted by midday 17th Dec 18 will be decided before the end of Feb 2019.

The MOD has produced a booklet of Small Grant Case Studies to demonstrate the range of projects that can be funded by the MOD.

Template for Local Grants scheme of AFC Fund Trust (DOCX, 53.44 KB)

The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme

Communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about the centenary of the end of WW1 and how they can commemorate and bring people together. This award scheme will help communities to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today. You can find out more about the silhouettes at www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

We will make awards to community organisation who need help to obtain silhouettes. Organisations can apply for up to 10 silhouettes. As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together. You can apply between 1st- 30th June 2018.

We anticipate that most award holders will wish to hold their event around the time of the Armistice commemorations on Sunday 11th November 2018. Your event will need to be held by 30th November 2018.

Your organisation will need to be one of the following

  • A charity
  • A Community Interest Company (CIO)
  • A school
  • A place of worship
  • A chapel or other place of worship, or multi-faith facility within a hospital or Armed Forces base, where people would not otherwise be able to engage in remembrance and engagement activity without financial resources
  • A community organisation with a constitution and a community space.
  • Further details are available here:

    Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Pre Application Guidance (PDF, 775.52 KB)

    Previous successful bids and projects

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

    • £20,000 for a Veterans’ Integration Project to provide 1-2-1 peer support to assist and support veterans to engage more cohesively with statutory and voluntary resources
    • £20,000 for the Coventry 4 Good Action Team. Voluntary Action Coventry to create a team of ex-Service personnel and their families who will interact with other volunteers to undertake community projects for disadvantaged communities in Coventry
    • £76,000 for 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.

    Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust was last updated on August 30, 2018.


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