A £3 million funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres has been launched by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available to fund renovations, refurbishments and improvements to existing community centres being used by veterans. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.
Items of expenditure that can be applied for include:
- General repairs – e.g. replacing flooring, windows, mending roofs, drainage, damp proofing, pointing, cladding.
- Plumbing upgrades, including new boilers.
- Electrical work, such as rewiring, to meet safety standards.
- New fixtures and fittings to enable extended or new activities – e.g. kitchens, storage, recreational equipment.
- Updated technology – e.g. WiFi connectivity or a sound system.
- Building work and equipment, which enhances a user’s access requirements – e.g. toilets, car park, disabled ramps, etc.
- Cosmetic/aesthetic improvements, such as general decorating – but ONLY where you can show how this will make a significant difference to veterans’ use of the space, or in cases where redecorating is required as a result of damage caused, necessarily, as part of the refurbishment.
- Fees to architects, surveyors, engineers and local authorities, for planning permissions and adherence to building controls.
- Project management fees – related to the capital works only, not to the organisation’s activities.
Eligible organisations will be Charities or Community Interest Companies supporting the armed forces community that own or have a long lease on an existing community centre used by veterans that is in need of renovation, refurbishment or improvement.
There will be three rounds of funding; and applications for the next round need to be received by 3rd June 2019.
Case study from a previous scheme:
The Royal British Legion Grangemouth Branch received a grant of £20,000 through the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, to refurbish the building, improve the electrics and make the building more accessible for people with disabilities.