Update for organisations applying for an Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme award

Update 16th July 2018

The programme is open until midnight tonight. A small number of users have had difficulties in accessing a draft application form that they had previously saved; and where this is happening we advise applicants to begin a new form. The form is short; and should only take around 20 minutes to complete.

If you are experiencing difficulties as a result of this; then do email remembering@covenantfund.org.uk before the deadline.

If you would like more information on this programme please click here

£415,000 awarded to support local projects that help the Armed Forces Community

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced 29 grants totalling £415,217, under its Armed Forces Covenant- Local Grants priority.

The grants include £20,000 for the Derby County FC Veterans Club; £4,770 to the Boleh Trust to work with children from service families and £15,400 to Flintshire Council for their ‘Planes over Talacre’ project.

Sonia Howe, Director of Policy at the Armed Forces Covenant Trust said that

This round includes some fantastic local projects supporting community integration by encouraging Armed Forces and Civilian communities to come together which will form and deepen relationships; and providing local services to the Armed Forces community where these are needed. We are proud to support these 29 projects

A number of projects are using the backdrop of the Armistice commemorations to promote community integration. Cefn Mawr War Memorial Institute and Recreation Ground is receiving £9,000 for a cross generational project that brings together local communities, five schools, veterans and local volunteers to commemorate the 128 individuals recorded on the local Cenotaph who gave their lives in WW1 which will produce a book to be distributed through schools and the local community.

The £15,400 grant to Flintshire Council will be used to bring together the secrets of Talacre’s WW2 efforts via the stories and memories of those who lived alongside the firing ranges and underneath aerial dog fights with terrifying near misses from dropping bombs. The project will have a focus around the eroding Norcon Pill boxes that can be seen at low tide on the beach, and will leave an ongoing legacy through information panels, digitising memorabilia, developing education resources and capturing audio memories.

Councillor  Andy Dunbobbin, Armed Forces Champion at Flintshire County Council told us that

“We are delighted to be awarded this grant which will fund a project capturing the role of Talacre in WW2, which was used for training by the RAF.  Local residents were concerned that the pillboxes were being eroded by the sea and the history of Talacre would be lost for ever; the reconstruction of a pill box, funded by the grant, will contribute towards keeping the memory alive for future generations. The community are proud of Talacre’s history and through this exciting project the memories of local residents and former refuges will be shared for many years to come.

This funding will be an opportunity to raise awareness within the local community and visitors, of the role of the armed forces, in particular the RAF, and their commitment and sacrifice to the nation. The open day planned for next year will be an opportunity to bring the armed forces, the local community and visitors together to celebrate and commemorate the link between the armed forces and Talacre.”

Read the full list of grants awarded here

The Armed Forces Covenant- Local Grants priority awards grants of up to £20,000 for projects that promote Community Integration between Armed Forces and civilian communities or Delivery of Local Services that support the Armed Forces Community. Charites and local organisations who receive a grant can also receive some additional support through this programme to develop their digital skills and strengthen their skills online; helping them to improve their reach.

The Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme is open for applications, and you can out more about this programme here

Have your say on the new ways to tackle Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families Programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a consultation to help shape a new £4 million programme designed to providing funding for innovative and new ways of working to reduce serious stress in veterans, their carers and families.

The consultation will explore how the programme should be delivered and the types of projects that should be funded. We are keen to hear from anyone with a view, but it is particularly relevant to veterans, charities with an interest in the Armed Forces Community, charities with an interest in mental health or health bodies.

This programme is looking to fund a small number of projects that will enable charities and health professionals to work together to develop and try new ideas that they have developed with veterans and their carers and families. The programme will support projects where there is good evidence to suggest that the idea might produce outcomes for veterans and their carers and families that are better than current sources of support on offer.

The consultation will run until 19th June 2018.

To take part in our consultation please click here 

We have produced a guide to the consultation  and a more in depth briefing paper;  Tackling Serious Stress Programme- Overall programme aims

We are keen to hear from you; and thank you for sharing your views