The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. It is intended to complement the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.
It aims to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Hampshire and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel their families and widow(er)s in Hampshire.
Hampshire County and the District Councils were among the first counties to sign up to the Community Covenant. Details of Funding for Local Projects
The Community Covenant Grant Scheme has been set up to provide financial support to local projects which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live.
The grant scheme is to help communities undertake projects that promote greater understanding between the military and civilian populations. There is £10 million available annually in perpetuity for the Fund.
The Covenant Fund will have four broad funding themes now and in future years. They are:
- non-core healthcare services for veterans;
- removing barriers to family lfe
- extra support after servicefor those that need help; and
- measures to integrate military and civilian communities and enable the Armed Forces community to participate as citizens.
The themes will shape the Fund and annual priorities will ensure it stays focussed and current. The 2015-16 priorities are:
- local Armed Forces Community integration projects;
- the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces Community;and
- veterans in the criminal justice system
To address these priorities funding will be available for:
- Small grants up to £20,000, primarily for community integration projects, which will be launched and open to applications in mid August, with a deadline in mid September.
The deadline for the second round will be before the end of 2015.
2. Large grants up to £500,000 for more strategic, higher impact projects (one round this
year) which will be launched in mid August with a deadline in late September.
Decisions on both small and large grants will be made by a national panel based on the recommendations of the regional panels.
The Ministry of Defense is soon to issue new guidance on the grant criteria and procedures.
The Hampshire County Council website has more information on: www3.hants.gov.uk/covenant-grant-scheme
More information about the Armed Forces Community, their roles and responsibilities, and more about support and informtion available to armed forces personnel and their families can be found under Gosport Armed Forces.
Coordination of local of bids is strongly encouraged to avoid duplication and help ensure specific local needs are addressed and supported. If you are a member of a Gosport organisation with a project in mind and are considering a bid for this round or a future one, please contact Mandy Baggaley at Gosport Borough Council for information about other local projects or potential partners on 023 9254 5695