The application form and guidance for Covenant Fund small and large grants went live on 17th August.
This year the Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects
There are two funding routes:
• small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000 and – closing date for applications 17th September 2015
• large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000 – closing date for applications 24th September 2015
Note there will be a second small grant round 12th November closing on 17th December 2015, there will only be one large grant round.
The Grants will support the following priorities
1 Community Integration
These projects help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK. They will create strong local links between the Armed Forces community (i.e. current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities; and be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration; and improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding.
The fund is looking for projects which are rooted in their communities and which have grown out of a specific local need. It is important too that the project is not just the Armed Forces delivering something for the civilian community or vice-versa. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities. (It is anticipated that these will be mainly small grants up to £20,000)
2. The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community
These projects which offer support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families across a number of areas: financial, housing, mental and physical health, employability and social support. 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, joined up and end-to-end.
The fund is especially interested in partnerships and portfolios of projects which work together to create integrated pathways through this service provision. Applicants must be able to show evidence of a good track record of delivering similar strategic projects across regions and nationally. (It is anticipated that project meeting this need will be for the larger grant fund)
3. Former service personnel in the criminal justice system
These projects help provide a joined up service to former members of the armed forces that come into contact with the police, courts and prisons. It is particularly important that this does not replicate statutory or other existing support. We will expect to see evidence of how your project complements and works together with other services to create person-centred service provision that is well-publicised, accessible, joined up and end-to-end.
The fund is especially interested in partnerships and portfolios of projects which work together to create integrated pathways through this service provision. Projects which aim to meet some of the challenges in the report produced by Stephen Phillips QC in November 2014 would be welcomed. (It is anticipated that project meeting this need will be for the larger grant fund)
If you have any queries that are not covered by the guidance or ‘frequently asked questions’, please contact the Community Grant Team, by email at COVENANT-GrantTeamMailbox@mod.uk