Programmes – Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust awards grants through specific funding programmes, each with its own aim(s), often based on community consultation.
Our current open programmes are listed below, as well as details of how grant funding has already been spent in support of the Armed Forces community.
Each of our open programmes has its own specific programme guidance, which you should read carefully before deciding whether or not to apply. Our guidance documents explain the eligibility for the programme, and the checks that we will carry out.
If you have existing grants with us we may use information from these as part of our assessment and decision making. We may also look at how much funding we have awarded your organisation and the proportion of how much funding from us makes up your overall income.
Some of our longer running programmes may not always be accepting new applications. You’ll find these listed separately below. Click on a programme for more details.
Our current open programmes
Transformational Grants programme
This highly specialised programme will make a small number of grants to create systemic change for Armed Forces communities. Grants of up to £300,000 are available.
Open to: Charities
Force for Change programme
This programme will award grants of up to £15,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration in local Armed Forces communities.
Open to: Armed Forces communities locally
Major Capital Grants Programme
This programme will award grants of between £75,000 and £500,000 towards projects that support significant refurbishment, including extensions and new builds, of rental accommodation that will offer high quality support for Veterans with a housing need.
Open to: Registered charities or registered social housing providers
Development Grants Programme
This programme will award grants of up to £25,000 to assist in the development of new build projects that will offer high quality support for veterans with a housing need.
Refurbishment Grants Programme
This programme will award grants of up to £75K towards projects that assist in the refurbishment or extension of rental accommodation that will offer high quality support for veterans with a housing need.
Veterans’ Career Development Fund
The Trust will award grants on behalf of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, to projects that will enable Veterans and their families to enter stable long-term employment, by delivering qualifications and training.
Armed Forces Families Fund: Early Years programme 2023-24
This programme will award grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 on behalf of the MOD’s Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme for projects which help enhance early childhood education and childcare settings of young children from Armed Forces families.
AF3: Supporting Partners Programme
The Supporting Partners programme provides funding to projects that will improve support for Service partners and spouses regarding the skills and experiences they bring to the workplace.
We’ll update this page as and when new funding opportunities are added. In the meantime you may wish to stay in touch via our e-newsletter – sign up at the bottom of this page. You can find information on any of our funding programes here.
Please note: Even though the NAAFI Fund has closed for applications please use the Step By Step guide to help with reporting and branding.
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Discover more about our programmes
We’ve delivered a number of inspiring funding programmes that support the Armed Forces community.
Why not browse them to discover more about the issues we’ve tackled, the grants we’ve made and the impact these funds have had .
For details of the LIBOR grants that we currently manage, click here.
Want to know more about the grants we’ve awarded from various programmes across the UK?
You can access all of our grant awards at the link below.
Whether you’d like to know more about eligibility, what support we’ve given in your area, how we make our decisions, or something else. Check out our handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to see if we can help!
It’s really important to check your eligibility to apply for funding from the Trust, especially if you haven’t applied before.
Our quick-to-use eligibility checker will guide you through the key things we look for from applicants. We recommend you take a few minutes to use it before beginning your application. On completion of the checker, you’ll be taken straight back to this main Programmes page.