Under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, we make grants of up to £20,000 for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services.
Community Integration projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community, who are 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. 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 projects should be local projects which 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.
You can only apply for a grant online, using the link at the bottom of this page. You should read the Local Grants Guidance carefully before you start to fill out the application form. You can also read the Local Grants application questions before you access the online form to get an idea of the information you will need to provide.
You can read about past projects that we have awarded funding to so far. Your idea might not be something that we have funded previously. What’s most important is that we can understand why there is a need for your project and how it fits with our programme aims.
You can also read our terms and conditions of grant for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants programme so that you can see what you will have to agree to if you are awarded a grant.
The Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme is now in its fifth year. Last year we awarded £2,446,199 to 150 projects. The 2019/20 round will be the final year of the current Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme. We are aware of the value and reach of small grant programmes, and will announce our plans for a future grants programme in early 2020. If you would like to apply to the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme; the final closing date will be 2 December 2019; though we would encourage you to apply earlier. Please see our guidance for more information on how to apply.