Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust set to offer additional funding for veterans’ projects

Following an announcement on 11 March by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, an additional £10M of funding has been awarded to the Trust to distribute as grants to support veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. The Trust is privileged to be tasked with managing this funding, and we’ll be able to announce more details in the…

Veterans’ Minister praises much-needed funding awarded to veterans’ community centres

The final round of awards have been made under the Veterans’ Community Centres programme, this time including larger projects awarded sums of up to £150,000. In our biggest round yet, 46 refurbishment projects were supported from Shetland in the North, to Plymouth in the South, County Durham in the East, to Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and…

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…

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…

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…

Veterans’ Community Centres programme: new awards made

Almost £240,000 has been awarded to Veterans’ community centres in our latest round of funding, spanning the UK and ensuring these vital buildings remain fit for purpose and available to Veterans of all ages. Eleven more centres will now receive funds to help them improve access, revamp toilet facilities, make vital roof and electric repairs…

Local Grants programme supports new batch of exciting projects

We’re delighted to announce the latest awards made under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, supporting community integration and local delivery of services to military communities. Almost half a million pounds will now support projects across the UK, including six projects specifically working in Northern Ireland ranging from a peer support group to help…

Community cohesion in Colchester

Age Concern Colchester is bringing the community together to tackle loneliness and explore different cultures thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme. Working closely with the Colchester Nepalese Society, the group is hosting a variety of practical and holistic activities and events – all designed to help members make new friends…

The Invictus UK Trials: what we learned. What we can do now…

Following our week at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield, we’ve been thinking more in-depth about the importance of sport in the recovery process, not only for Veterans, but also their families and those who support them. We always knew that our time at the Trials was going to give us a unique insight into…