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 funding priorities for April 2019 to March 2020 are:
- Local Grants scheme for community integration or delivery of services to the Armed Forces community (up to £20,000) – http://www.covenantfund.org.uk/local-grants-and-digital-development-programme/
- Grants for Armed Forces charities to renovate and repair community centres used by veterans (up to £30,000) – http://www.covenantfund.org.uk/veterans-community-centres/
- The Positive Pathways Programme will have a budget of £9M to fund projects that will develop and run activities which are supportive to ex-forces mental health and wellbeing. Applications open in May 2019 – http://www.covenantfund.org.uk/positive-pathways-programme/
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.
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
- 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:
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.
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.
Applications are assessed 4 times during the year:
- Applications submitted by 9am on 11 March 2019 will be decided before the end of May 2019
- Applications submitted by 9am on 5 June 2019 will be decided before the end of August 2019
- Applications submitted by 9am on 9 September 2019 will be decided before the end of November 2019
- Applications submitted by 9am on 2 December 2019 will be decided before the end of February 2020
The AFC Fund Trust has produced a report for 2017-18 and a list of grants that have been provided.Covenant Fund Awards 2017-18 (PDF, 100 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
- £146,000 to develop an Armed Forces community hub in Atherstone and other localities, enable the VCP to employ a full time worker to work across Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire, enhancing the support delivered by the VCP and improve support for the Gurkha community in the north of Warwickshire
- £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.