Armed Forces

New Funding for Local Projects that Support Armed Forces Communities in the UK
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year. In 2020, there is particular interest in projects that help Armed Forces communities move to a 'new normal' following the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to support local needs and reduce isolation.

Projects must fit under one of two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

Funding can be used for a wide range of projects. Eligible costs might include:

  • Staff time for a fixed-term project, including managing volunteers.
  • Purchasing items that provide practical support, or that can enable activities to take place.
  • Purchasing items to provide support, such as additional telephones or laptops.
  • Reasonable costs for storing and transporting items, including wear and tear on private vehicles.
  • Reasonable overheads that reflect the cost of delivering the project.

Applications will be considered from established registered charities or community interest companies with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; Armed Forces unit or bases; local authorities; and schools. A webinar will take place on 18 August 2020 (starting at 10:30 am). Registration is required and can be done on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s website.

There will be two application rounds in 2020. The deadline for Round 1 applications is noon on 11 September 2020.For more information, and to apply, click here.

New Funding to Reduce Social Isolation in Armed Forces Communities
Fixed grants of £70,000 are available for projects lasting for two years. The funding is for projects that tackle loneliness within specific groups of the Armed Forces community who traditionally do not engage with available provision. Projects need to fit at least one of the following themes:

  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.
  • Improving access to local activities and provision.
  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

Projects could include bereaved families, dual serving families, Foreign and Commonwealth families including Gurkhas, single serving parents, carers of veterans as well as veterans of any age, and serving families with young children, or who are new to Service life or who have family members with SEND

Projects that specifically work with any of the following will also be welcomed:

  • LGBTQ+ Armed Forces community members.
  • Those who have suffered relationship breakdown.
  • Serving families, veterans and veteran families that live in rural or remote locations.
  • Transitioning personnel and families (including any children).

Applications will be considered from established registered charities, community interest companies and Armed Forces units. Applicants should demonstrate that they have thought about the implications of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and taken this into account when designing and planning their project.
There will be one application round in 2020. The deadline for applications is noon on 9 October 2020. For more information, and to apply, click here.