MoD’s Covenant Fund Launches Round 2 of Priority 4

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MoD’s Covenant Fund Launches Round 2 of Priority 4

The Covenant Fund, an enduring fund established in August 2015, provides £10 million each year to support the armed forces community across the UK. The funding is provided through four priorities, each of which has its own funding levels and applications timeframes.

The second round of Priority 4 (Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services) is now open for applications from registered charities, local authorities, schools, Community Interest Companies and Armed Forces units with a UIN from across the UK

Grants of up to £20,000 can be used to support one-off 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 current priorities will run for two years, and groups that miss this round will have the opportunity to apply again when the Fund re-opens in 2017. The timetable for 2017-18 will be published in early 2017.

The application deadline is 2 November 2016 (noon).

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