The local face of funding: now and in the future

With more than 650 awards over the past five years, the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme will end after the final round of awards are made this month. At our recent Breakfast Seminar event to look at the Trust now and in the future, Trust Grants Officer Ian Leckie spoke about the truly local…

Carving new skills for veterans in the North East

Positive Pathways awardee, Veterans’ Woodcraft CIC, were awarded £70,000 over two years for their ‘Woodworking Warriors’ project, which tackles the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the North East. This new funding will allow the group to open its workshops to many more veterans, enabling them to access new skills and, importantly, to make…

Local Grants project bakes the cake!

Community integration and local service delivery can take many forms, but not many can claim to be quite as yummy as the latest award from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Local Grants programme! With £19,622 of funding, the Church Homeless Trust are offering a Veteran’s Artisan Bakery, a community bakery based in a supported…

Have your say in our new consultation: help us shape a great new Local Grants programme!

The Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme has successfully supported hundreds of projects over the past five years, strengthening our Armed Forces community both in terms of integration and delivery of local services. It’s now time for us to consider what the biggest needs of the Armed Forces community currently are – and we want…

Sailing, sewing and surfing: first batch of awards made under the Positive Pathways programme!

We’re delighted to announce that the first awards have been made from the popular Positive Pathways programme, part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. Over £2.5 million has been awarded in the first round to support activities including vehicle restoration, sports for disabled veterans, sailing and sewing! We’re pleased to have supported projects…

More than half a million pounds awarded in latest round of Local Grants programme

The latest round of the Armed Forces Covenant: Local Grants programme has seen more than half a million pounds awarded to worthy projects across the UK. We’re delighted to have supported more than 30 groups to carry out much-needed projects including the development of a garden of reflection, support and activities for veterans who’ve been…

The Veterans’ Community Centres programme

Electrical repairs, modernising facilities, replacing the roof, installing disabled toilets and much more! So far, 43 centres have benefited from the Veterans’ Community Centres programme – could your centre be next to receive funding? Designed to preserve and improve these vital community facilities, those who’ve already applied have found the process simple. Parwich Royal British…

Then and now: how a chance find has given an historical boost to one Local Grants’ project

Skill Horizons have been busy exploring and documenting iconic landmarks, war tunnels, buildings and gun placements that were key to the War efforts, for their heritage trail, nestled on the White Cliffs of Dover, thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme. A shared success The project has brought together numerous groups…

Local Grants project unearths new friendships

Lincolnshire County Council were awarded £20,000 from our Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme to deliver the year-long ‘Wings to the Past’ project, designed to bring RAF personnel and their families, and the wider community together to research, investigate, and excavate a Roman building. We caught up with the project to find out how the…