New programmes; targeting social isolation and supporting veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities

Over the next few months; we will be launching a range of programmes with a focus on reducing social isolation within the Armed Forces Community; and helping veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities.

This package of support includes:

From the Covenant Fund

  • £2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme
  • £5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities. We are keen to support a range of larger and smaller Armed Forces Charities through this programme; and encourage organisations to work together
  • £1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked

From funding allocated by HM Treasury in the March 2020 Budget

  • An emergency programme in April 2020; funded by HM Treasury from the new £10M Veterans Fund announced in the  March Budget working with ASDIC;  the Association of Veterans’ Drop in Centres, Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities  and Age UK to support veterans who are vulnerable. By working in this way; we will be able to make grants more quickly, and get funding swiftly to communities where it can provide assistance.
  • The balance of the £10M announced by HM Treasury for projects supporting veterans and their families to have better mental health. We’ll share more information about this programme in May 2020.

Find our more about some of our previous programmes

Grants for local ideas to support Armed Forces Communities, or help Armed Forces and civilian communities to develop stronger relations. This programme is now closed to applications.
The Removing Barriers to Family Life Programme is now closed to applications
A Veterans Community Centre is a space where veterans meet to socialise; perhaps in the evening or at weekends. This programme is now closed to applications