Closing date: 08 Aug 2022

Funded by 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.

Three funding rounds

Apply by 30th May; 8th August or 14th November 2022

Grants up to £10k

One year grants of up to £10,000.

Local projects that help reduce social isolation

Funding for projects that offer support to Armed Forces communities to help with needs that may not have been addressed in the past

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

Through this programme, we fund projects which make a real difference to Armed Forces communities locally. We will support projects that offer support to Armed Forces communities to help with needs that may not have been addressed in the past. This can also include funding for pilot projects; or to try new ways of offering local support. It can also include projects that build on earlier work that you have done


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.
  • A statutory body that delivers or co-ordinates NHS care

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.

Themes and priorities

This year, we’ll support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver changes or improvements for Armed Forces communities. We want to hear from those who know the most about what is needed and that’s why this year we are running such a broad programme.

If you apply for a grant, you need to show how this would help specifically help to address compelling or specific needs in a meaningful way; and where you can clearly tell us about the current gap that exists in provision and why this project might help.

Deadlines and dates to note

  • If you apply by midday on 30 May 2022, you’ll receive a decision by the end of August 2022.
  • If you apply by midday on 8 August 2022, you’ll receive a decision in late October 2022.
  • If you apply by midday on 14 November 2022, you’ll receive a decision in late February 2023.

Guidance and resources

Grants of up to £10,000 for local projects that respond to hidden or compelling needs within Armed Forces Communities.

Be local
Your project should clearly focus on people from Armed Forces communities within a local area.  This might be within a town or city

Support Armed Forces Communities
Armed Forces communities include Serving personnel, including reservists; Armed Forces families and Veterans, and their families

Be specific
Tell us what specific needs people have, and why your project will address them. These might be needs that are hidden or less well understood; or could be needs that are well known.

What will your project change?
What impact will your work have; and will there be longer term benefits that survive beyond the life of the grant

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 questions (for reference only before filling using the application portal)

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Ready to Apply?

Now you have read the guidance you can apply through our online application form which you can access through this link.

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