The Ministry of Defence’s Covenant Fund has opened Priority 4 to applications from across the UK. This is the second funding round for the Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services.
Registered charities, local authorities, schools, Community Interest Companies and Armed Forces units with a UIN from across the UK can apply for grants of up to £20,000.
The funding is intended to support projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:
• Help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
• Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.
Priority 4 will fund local projects which offer financial, housing, mental and physical health, employability 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.
This is not a general fund for organisations to support their core activities simply by adding members of the armed forces community to their beneficiary group in order to apply for funding.
Applicants are expected to 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. Applicants must work closely with their Local Partnerships to ensure that their project is properly connected locally, responds to recognised need and does not duplicate other provision.
The application deadline is 2 November 2016 (noon).
Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply