Two popular Covenant Fund programmes now open for applications

May 9, 2023

We are delighted to announce the relaunch of both the Force for Change and Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programmes.

Both of these programmes have proven popular in previous years and we expect this to be the case this year too.

Small grants which have a big local impact

We’re pleased that our Force for Change programme will now offer grants up to £15,000 for one-year projects. This is in recognition of the increased cost of living, and we will focus funding on vulnerable Armed Forces communities that are being most impacted.

Our Force for Change programme seeks to make positive change at a local level, especially needs which perhaps haven’t been addressed before. Thinking of applying? We encourage you to try new ways of supporting your beneficiaries, or to build on previous work, to make a real difference to the Armed Forces communities with whom you work.

There will be two application deadlines this year: 17 July 2023 and 13 December 2023.

Addressing hidden and compelling needs in Armed Forces communities

Following a successful first year, our Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme will offer grants up to £100,000 for three-year projects.

This programme supports projects that clearly address hidden or compelling needs identified in Armed Forces communities. This year, we are particularly focusing on projects that target those more vulnerable Armed Forces communities that are most impacted by cost-of-living challenges.
We are looking for applications that are clear about the evidence of why their project is needed. We’ll want to see that those who will benefit from your project have been able to shape how it will be delivered.

This programme was highly oversubscribed in 2022/23 and we expect to receive high volumes of applications in the coming year.

This programme will also have two deadlines this year: 3 July 2023 and 13 November 2023.

Sonia Howe, our Policy and Communications Director, adds: “Cost of living challenges are a continuing theme we’re encountering when listening to our community and learning more about their needs. That’s why we’re keen to focus on ensuring our grant making under both of these Covenant Fund programmes will address these challenges and improve the lives of those who are part of our Armed Forces communities. We hope the increase in grant amount to £15,000 for Force for Change applications will allow for even better positive outcomes from those we are able to support.”

Find out more

You can find more information about each programme and how to apply on the dedicated programme pages: