Funded by Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

This programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.

Grants up to £10k available

Round two application deadline is midday on 2 August 2021

Local projects that help reduce social isolation

Introduction

This programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.

Eligibility

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

  • A registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities and have been registered for at least one year at the time of your application.
  • 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 or is newly registered.
  • other public sector organisations – but you could work with one of the types of organisation listed above as a delivery partner
  • a charity that is based overseas.

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

What’s available

One year grants of up to £10,000.

This year, we’ll support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities. Or we’ll make small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities, but which are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.

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.

Deadlines and dates to note

Round 1 – if you applied by the deadline, you’ll receive a decision by the end of June 2021.

Round 2 – if you apply by midday on 2 August 2021, you’ll receive a decision in late October 2021.

Round 3 – if you apply by midday on 19 November 2021, you’ll receive a decision in late February 2022.

Guidance and resources

Front cover - Force for Change Programme Guidance document
Front cover - Force for Change FAQs document

We encourage you to take a look at the application questions before beginning your online application to the Force for Change programme. Please note, this is for reference only and applications can only be made via our online application portal. You can also view the terms and conditions to receiving a Force for Change award, here.

Force for Change application form (for reference)

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Ready to apply?

Please ensure you have read the Programme Guidance document and other resources above before applying. Click below to begin your application in our online grants portal .

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