The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) supports the Armed Forces Covenant by delivering funding programmes that create real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK. We are a charity and are classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, or NDPB. We look after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, worth £10m each year. We also work with HM Government to run other funding programmes that have a positive impact on Armed Forces communities.
Funding programmes for 2020-21
With funding from the Chancellor of the Exchequer through the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, The Positive Pathways programme offers fixed grants of £35,000 to activity-based projects that are run by veterans, for veterans. We expect these projects to have a positive impact on veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. Now in its second year, the programme funded more than 100 projects in 2019/20, ranging from sports, crafts, outdoor pursuits and nature-based projects.
Force for Change
With funding from the Covenant Fund, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme builds on the legacy of the Local Grants programme and was shaped through a consultation, which highlighted the importance of reducing loneliness and isolation in Armed Forces communities.
With grants of up to £20,000, it will support projects that encourage Armed Forces communities to be more engaged and connected within their local communities, and for this year, will also support local projects that address needs that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some people from Armed Forces communities may be particularly isolated and find it hard to engage with other projects or services. Projects working with people with these needs may need more time and more resources.
This is where the Tackling Loneliness programme comes in. This Covenant Fund programme will award fixed grants of £70,000 for two-year projects that work proactively to enable people to become more engaged with their community. Projects should help those taking part to strengthen their support networks and build their confidence to access opportunities available to them.
Loneliness can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The Tackling Loneliness programme will address this challenge by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are harder to reach.
Both the Force for Change and Tackling Loneliness programmes will consider projects that support serving personnel, veterans and Armed Forces families.
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.