Funded by Armed Forces Covenant Fund

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.

Grants up to £100,000 available

Round 2 closes midday 9 September 2021

Sustaining activities and services valued by the Forces community

Introduction

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.

Eligibility

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

  • An Armed Forces charity.
  • A registered charity with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities and have been registered for at least one year at the time of your application.

Under this programme, we cannot support:

  • CICs
  • an Armed Forces unit or base
  • local authorities
  • schools or academy trusts
  • individuals
  • a charity or CIC, which doesn’t have substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities or is newly registered.
  • other public sector organisations
  • 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 £100,000.

There are two funding tracks available, and organisations can only pick one track and receive one grant award from this programme.

You can also only apply once. You cannot resubmit your application if you are unsuccessful.

Project Funding Track

  • Grants of up to £50,000 or up to £100,000
  • For existing projects only that are well used by people from Armed Forces communities.
  • Will fund up to 2 Full Time Equivalent staff to deliver your project or activity for a year; plus other reasonable costs.

Core Funding Track

  • For Armed Forces Charities only
  • Grants of up to £50,000 or up to £100,000
  • Will fund up to two Full Time Equivalent core staff where that enables your organisation to keep delivering services.
  • Can also apply for help for transformational costs to help your charity be in a stronger position to deliver services and support in future.

Further guidance on each of these tracks is available below.

Themes and priorities

Organisations applying for a grant will need to show they provide support to people from Armed Forces communities, and that it would have a negative effect, particularly on veterans and Forces families, if their work could not continue.

Support for core costs is available for Armed Forces charities only.

Deadlines and dates to note

Round 2 – if you apply by midday on 9 September 2021, you’ll receive a decision in November 2021.

Please note, if you applied to Round 1 by the deadline, you will receive a decision in September 2021. You can only apply to one round under this programme.

Guidance and resources

We’ve created a range of guidance documents to help your organisation decide which Funding Track most suits your needs.

Please read the programme guidance document below to begin.

You may find these handy graphics useful in helping you choose the right Funding Track. Please remember, you can only apply to one Track.

Each of the two Funding Tracks has its own guidance document. Please choose the corresponding document below, depending on the Track you wish to apply to.

We encourage you to take a look at the application questions for your chosen Funding Track before beginning your online application. 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 an award from this programme, here.

Ready to apply to the Project Funding Track?

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

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Ready to apply to the Core Funding Track?

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

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