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New grant scheme to improve local links with armed forces community

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 earlier this year.

Details of Funding for Local Projects

Now a 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.

Up to £30 million over 4 financial years has been set aside to help communities undertake projects that promote greater understanding between the military and civilian populations.

The grant scheme will consider applications for funding between £100 to £250,000 to be spent on projects which promote closer ties or a greater understanding of the military in the local community.

Bids can only be submitted from areas which have a Community Covenant in place.

An application for funding can be submitted by any part of the community, this might include volunteer groups, charities, public bodies such as schools, and so on.

Future bidding rounds are being planned for June and October.

Full guidance on the funding criteria and application dates and forms can be found on: www3.hants.gov.uk/covenant-grant-scheme (external site)

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.
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