The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust would like to let you know they will do all they can to help the project already funded to keep supporting the people who benefit from the grant that we have awarded, and we’ll be launching more programmes to help.
The trust is responding to the pandemic by ;
- Providing support to grant holders; to help them continue their work
- Delivering emergency funding quickly to support veterans who are particularly vulnerable
- Launching a package of programmes to support the Armed Forces Community with funding from the Covenant Fund and from HM Treasury; with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities.
Support for current Grantholders
- Support for current grant holders to make changes to their grants
- No delays to payments where complete paperwork has been submitted
Veterans Should Not be Forgotten Fund
- Grants of up-to £20,000 fo immediate projects to support particularly vulnerable veterans,
- Working with ASDIC, Cobseo and Age UK to target funding
- Quick application turn-around for eligible organisations
Through the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten Programme we will enable local drop-in centres and breakfast clubs within the ASDIC network; local Age UK branches that already work with veterans and small charities within the Cobseo membership that were providing direct support to veterans in their communities to receive grants of up to £20,000 for projects focused on supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services or have limited social contact during the period of self-isolation and restrictions relating to the pandemic.
Targeting social isolation and supporting veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities
This package of support includes:
From the Covenant Fund
- £2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme
- £5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities.
- £1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked
From funding allocated by HM Treasury in the March 2020 Budget
- The balance of the £10M announced by HM Treasury for projects supporting veterans and their families to have better mental health. We’ll share more information about this programme in May 2020.
For more information and how to apply, please visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.