Since the Trust began in April 2018, we’ve delivered a variety of programmes and continue to manage historical grants that have all benefited the Armed Forces community.
Browse our closed programmes below to learn more about their impact…
- Programmes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund
- Programmes Funded through the Armed Forces Families Fund
- Programmes funded by Office for Veterans’ Affairs
- Programmes funded by HM Treasury
- The Aged Veterans’ Fund
- The NAAFI Fund
Closed Programmes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund
Programmes listed in alphabetical order.
Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme
The programme has made awards to community groups, places of worship, charities and schools to give them up to 10 silhouettes to support events in their local area. We have made Awards to over 2,600 organisations.
Continuation and sustainability grants for projects supporting ex-Forces in the Criminal Justice System programme
In 2015, 14 grants worth £4.6M were awarded to support projects working with ex-Forces with the aim of reducing re-offending. Seven continuation grants worth £1,101,308 were subsequently awarded to some existing grant holders.
Ex-Forces in the Criminal Justice System programme
In 2015, 14 grants worth £4.6 million were awarded to support projects working with ex-Forces with the aim of reducing re-offending.
Families in Stress programme
The Trust made 24 grants of up to £300,000 for projects supporting the families of serving personnel facing stressful circumstances, requiring immediate short-term intervention.
Forces Communities Together programme
The Forces Communities Together programme will award small grants of up to £10,000 towards creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Local Grants Programme
Between 2015 and 2020, the Trust awarded grants of up to £20,000 under the Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Local Grants programme. Funding was awarded to local projects that supported community integration or local delivery of services.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme
The Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme will award grants of up to £100,000 over a period of up to three years.
Open to: Charities and CICs can apply for a grant. There is more information in the programme guidance.
Removing Barriers to Family Life programme
This family-focused programme supports Armed Forces families facing challenges. In all, £7.5 million was available to projects that reduce isolation and loneliness.
Strengthening Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant programme
Programme overview Under the Strengthening Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant Programme The Covenant Fund awarded £6.6M through two rounds of funding to clusters of Local Authorities (LAs), enabling them to deliver projects linked to needs identified by their Local…
Supporting Armed Forces in Acute Hospital Settings programme
This programme supports a small number of pilot projects that will try better ways of supporting veterans and their families when they are in a hospital setting.
The programme is jointly funded by the Covenant Fund (through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust) and NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme
This programme will award grants of up to £100,000 for existing charitable projects to help charities to sustain activities and services that people from Armed Forces communities use and value.
Sustaining Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant programme
The Sustaining Delivery programme provides funding to enable local authority clusters funded under the Strengthening Delivery of the Covenant programme to conclude their work; delivering longer term changes that enable people from Armed Forces communities to be able to better access services and support in their local areas.
Tackling Loneliness programme
The Tackling Loneliness programme will address social isolation by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach.
Tackling Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families programme
This programme was designed to provide funding for innovative and new ways of working to reduce serious stress in veterans, their carers and families.
Programmes Funded through the Armed Forces Families Fund
MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)
The Trust has partnered with the MOD to administer the MOD Education Support Fund (ESF). This programme provides funding to schools to help mitigate the effects of exceptional mobility and/or separation faced by Service children.
The Service Pupil Support programme
Following the launch of the Families Strategy in January 2022, the MOD created a dedicated fund, ‘The Armed Forces Families Fund’ (AF3). This programme sits within the AF3 Fund. The MOD has partnered with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to administer the AF3 Fund.
Open to: Schools with Service children on roll, in UK
Armed Forces Families Fund: Research Grants programme
This programme will award grants of up to £60,000 for research projects that explore particular challenges faced by Armed Forces families.
Open to: UK charities and universities
Armed Forces Families Fund: Early Years programme
Under the Early Years programme the Trust will award grants of between £20,000 and £80,000 to nurseries on or near Armed Forces bases or units on behalf of the MOD’s Armed Forces Families Fund.
Open to: Armed Forces bases, stations, units that provide onsite childcare and nurseries who meet the eligibility criteria
Supporting Partners: Innovation Grants
*Important update to programme eligibility* We’ve reviewed our guidance and removed the requirement for charities and CICs to have been registered for 2 years prior to application. There are no further amendments to the programme guidance. Please scroll down for…
Programmes funded by Office for Veterans’ Affairs
Afghanistan Veterans Fund
Afghanistan Veterans Fund
Reducing Veteran Homelessness Programme
Under this programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will award grants on behalf of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA), towards projects that contribute to the aims of the government’s ambition to reduce veteran homelessness and end rough sleeping.
Veterans’ Mobility Fund
Under the Veterans’ Mobility Fund, we will award a single grant of up to £2.52 million towards a project that will deliver high quality support to veterans with physical disabilities, through grants to enable them to access mobility equipment that meets their needs and improves their quality of life.
Open to: Registered Charities
Programmes funded by HM Treasury
Programmes listed in alphabetical order.
Covid-19 Impact Programme
The Covid-19 Impact Programme will ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
One is Too Many
Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the One is Too Many programme awarded grants of up to £300,000 to two-year projects that aim to reduce suicide risks within vulnerable veterans in a co-ordinated and targeted way.
Positive Pathways programme
Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme funded projects that develop and run activities supporting the mental health and wellbeing of ex-Forces.
Strategic Pathways programme
Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Strategic Pathways programme funded a small number of national organisations to provide support and mentoring to organisations delivering activities and opportunities under the Positive Pathways programme over a two-year period.
Veterans’ Community Centres programme
This £3 million funding programme funded renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres. The programme was a specialist pot of funding and applicants must have been from Armed Forces charities with an existing building that required refurbishment.
Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten
In the March 2020 budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer awarded additional funding for veterans’ mental health. Some of this funding was made available to provide immediate support for vulnerable veterans with reduced social contact via grants to members of ASDIC, Age UK branches and eligible and invited Cobseo members.
Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme
This programme will award 10 grants of up to £800,000 to portfolios of projects, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.
The Aged Veterans’ Fund
Aged Veterans’ Fund
The Aged Veterans Fund awarded £30M of LIBOR funding to improve support and introduce new services to help older veterans.
The NAAFI Fund
The NAAFI Fund
The NAAFI Fund makes grants to UK Armed Forces bases, located in the UK or overseas, for projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and serving families living on or near a Forces base or station.