The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between the nation, Government and Armed Forces that recognises the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund was established by the Ministry of Defence in 2015 to support this objective and became an independent trust this year. It is an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects 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.
Proposed projects must identify one of the following as their main focus:
- Health and wellbeing.
- Education and employability.
- Events and commemorations.
Registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and Armed Forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number) can apply as long as they:
- Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
- Can provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an Armed Forces charity or an Armed Forces unit.
Applicants must be willing to work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provisions.
Applicants who are successful with their Local Grants application may also be able to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.
Local Grants Programme applications are assessed four times per year.
The deadlines for applications are ongoing.