The aim of the Ministry of Defence’s National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding of up to £20,000 is available to support the integration of armed forces personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services:
Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. 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: for local projects that 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.
Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with – and a real understanding of the issues facing – the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.
Deadlines: There are no specific deadlines, applications are considered four times a year.