Funded by Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

Using feedback from our open consultation, we have designed a new local grant programme, awarding grants up to £20,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.

Grants up to £20k available

Round 2 closing noon 30 November 2020

Local projects that help reduce social isolation

Introduction

In early 2020, the Trust ran an open consultation to explore how we should make small grants locally.

Using the feedback we received, we’ve designed a new local grants programme, awarding grants up to £20,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact. The two rounds of funding we are running this year will support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. See below for more info.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be one of the following.

  • An established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.
  • An Armed Forces unit or base.
  • A local authority.
  • A school.

Under this programme, we cannot support:

  • individuals
  • academy trusts – you cannot apply for an overarching project across your academy chain, though individual schools can apply
  • a charity or CIC, which doesn’t have substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.
  • other public sector organisations – but you could work with one of the types of organisation listed above as a delivery partner.

A full list of eligibility is available in the programme guidance below.

What’s available

One year grants of up to £20,000

Themes and priorities

We will fund a wide range of projects under this programme. However, you must be able to show us that your project fits under one of these two main themes.

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

This year, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be particularly welcoming applications for projects that help Armed Forces communities move to the ‘new normal’ while continuing to support local needs and reduce isolation. There will be a particular focus on ensuring volunteers can carry out local projects, including supporting projects that:

  • give volunteers the resources they need to support more vulnerable members of the Armed Forces community
  • use volunteers to build on the work of the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten and Forces Communities Together programmes
  • involve volunteers to help reduce isolation locally
  • offer digital support, using volunteers to work with people from Armed Forces communities to build their digital skills.

Deadlines and dates to note

This programme will remain open until noon on 30 November 2020.

If you applied to Round 1, you can expect to receive a decision in the week commencing 16 November 2020.

To be considered in Round 2, you’ll need to have your application to us by noon on Monday 30 November 2020 and can expect to receive a decision before the end of February 2021.

Guidance and resources

Programme Guidance

Take a look at the application questions in this downloadable Word document. This is for info only. To apply, you must use the link below. You can also access your Terms & Conditions to grant here.

Apply to this programme

If you wish to apply to this programme and have read the programme guidance document and all other relevant resources, then click the link below to be taken to the online application form.

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