The Ministry of Defence has published the initial guidelines outlining the four new priorities, funding levels and applications timeframes for the Covenant Fund 2016-2017.
The four priorities are:
- The Veterans’ Gateway which opens for applications on 4th May 2016 and will provide a single grant of up to £2 million for a two-year pilot project to set up a 24/7 multi-media point of contact for veterans seeking assistance
- Families in Stress which opens for applications on 4th May 2016 and will award grants of between £20,001 and £300,000 for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised support
- Improving Local Covenant Delivery which opens for applications on 10th July 2016 and will award grants of between £20,000 and £500,000 for projects that materially improve the experience of local Armed Forces communities (serving personnel, families and veterans) and ensure that they are not disadvantaged
- Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services round 1 funding opens for applications on 4th May 2016 and will award grants of up to £20,000 for projects that respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community, help them integrate into civilian communities, and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.