A government fund established to set up projects that strengthen relationships between current and former members of the armed forces and the wider community in which they live is open for applications this month. The £10m per annum Covenant Fund consists of four priorities and applicants for funding can apply for one of these elements – strengthening local government delivery of the covenant – from Sunday 10th July.
Grants of between £20,000 and £500,000 will be made available for projects that materially improve the experience of local armed forces communities (serving personnel, families and veterans) and ensure that they are not disadvantaged. However, awards over £200,000 will only be made in exceptional circumstances.
The application process is a single stage and the deadline for applications is Thursday 27th October 2016. Bids can be submitted from volunteer groups, charities, public or private bodies. For guidance on how to apply visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply
Monmouthshire’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor John Prosser said: “The council is examining various ways we can strengthen bonds with the county’s armed forces communities and the Covenant Fund is a feature that can promote such ties. I hope that Monmouthshire can benefit from successful applications.”
A further element of the Covenant Fund – Community Integration/Local Service Delivery – will be open for applications from 23rd September 2016.