The Armed Forces Covenant Trust is delighted to announce that we will be launching an emergency programme in April 2020; funded by HM Treasury from the new £10M Veterans Fund announced in the March Budget working with ASDIC; the Association of Veterans’ Drop in Centres, Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities and Age UK to support veterans who are vulnerable. By working in this way; we will be able to make grants more quickly, and get funding swiftly to communities where it can provide assistance.
Through the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten Programme we will to enable local drop in centres and breakfast clubs within the ASDIC network; local Age UK branches that already work with veterans and small charities within the Cobseo membership that were providing direct support to veterans in their communities to receive grants of up to £20,000 for projects focused on supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services or have limited social contact during the period of self isolation and restrictions relating to the pandemic.
Targeting social isolation and supporting veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities
Over the next few months; we will be launching a range of programmes with a focus on reducing social isolation within the Armed Forces Community; and helping veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities.
This package of support includes:
From the Covenant Fund
£2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme.
£5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities. We are keen to support a range of larger and smaller Armed Forces Charities through this programme; and encourage organisations to work together.
£1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked.
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Source: Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust