Under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, grants of up to £20,000 are available for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services to the Armed Forces community.
Community Integration projects: Creating strong local links between the Armed Forces community (current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities. Projects supported will be able to clearly demonstrate how they will overcome barriers to better integration and improve perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.
Delivery of Local Services projects: Local projects which offer financial advice, 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.
Registered charities, local authorities, schools or other statutory organisations, Community Interest Companies or armed forces units are all eligible to apply.
Apply at any time up to the 2nd December 2019.
Previous projects funded include:
- Cornbank St James Primary School – £20,000 for a sports facility that will enable the children to come together and enjoy safe play of a multitude of sports. Through sport and games, social and communication skills are developed, this is key to Armed Forces Children entering a new school experience alongside others who have established relationships.
- Age UK, Portsmouth – £19,875 for Heroes at Home, designed to boost confidence and independence for older veterans; providing community support, information and advice for older veterans being discharged from Queen Alexandra Hospital.
- Army Welfare Service for Larkhill Community Hub Café, South West England – £12,000 to support the establishment of this community café that is coordinated by volunteers and supported by AWS Community Support.