To mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice, the government is doubling the amount of money going to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund this year from £10 million to £20 million.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supports veterans with mental health needs that are not being addressed through current services by making grants to a wide range of hugely deserving organisations who support the armed forces community.
In addition, and to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by previous generations, an additional £1 million will be made available to support First World War battlefields tours for school students. This will build on the success of the existing First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme which gives one teacher and two students from every state-funded secondary school in England a free accredited battlefield tour to the Western Front.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust operates a two grant programmes:
- The Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants and Digital Development programme makes grants of up to £20,000 for projects that support community integration or local delivery of services. Apply at any time.
- The Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families Programme will make grants to up to 5 single lead organisations who will manage a portfolio. Of work that will support the beneficiaries, who are veterans that are very unwell, their carers and their families. This programme closes for applications on 31st December 2018.
To make sure local communities can continue to remember the sacrifices of generations past additional funding of up to £8 million is also being made available to help with the cost of repairs and refurbishments to community buildings which serve as vital social hubs and support improvements to health and wellbeing. Village halls, Miners’ Welfare and Armed Forces Organisations facilities are all set to benefit as many were built as memorials to local people who lost their lives in the first world war and often provide a focus in the community for veterans.