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…

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…

From Chelsea to Normandy: Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme supports D-Day legacy garden

D-day revisited has become one of the latest organisations to receive funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme, using their funding to create a national tribute and legacy to the veterans of Normandy and the D-Day landings. A grant of £20,000 was awarded to support this extraordinarily poignant garden – and its move…

Launch of consultation on the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a consultation, asking veterans to help shape a £10M Fund to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. The Positive Pathways Programme will have a budget of  up to £9M to fund projects that will develop and run activities which are supportive to ex- forces mental health and…

1200 Awards made under the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme

Youth organisations, community centres, village halls and places of worship are among the organisations celebrating receiving awards through the second round of the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme. This programme makes awards of evocative silhouettes  that provide a focus for community events to bring people together to think about the Armistice; and people in Armed…

£7 Million supporting communities through Local Grants; what effects is this having?

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has published a report on the first 3 years of the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, drawing on 430 grants totalling £7 million, and spent on projects across the UK. The programme makes grants under two priorities; Community Integration and Delivery of Local Services. Community Integration projects aim to…