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 will be 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 – Community Integration/Local Service Delivery – from Friday 23rd September.

Grants of up to £20,000 will be made available for projects that help integrate armed forces and civilian communities and deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community

Monmouthshire’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor John Prosser said: “This stage of the 2016 Covenant Fund focuses on two areas: Community Integration applications must demonstrate they will create strong links between the armed forces community – both serving and former members and their families – and civilian communities while overcoming barriers to better integration as well as improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding.”

“Meanwhile, Local Service Delivery projects should offer support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.  These will assist with financial help, housing, mental and physical health, employability and social isolation.”

The application process is a single stage and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 2nd November 2016.  Bids can be submitted from registered charities, local authorities, community interest companies or armed forces units.  For guidance on how to apply visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply