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Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme

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 Fund Local 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 grant scheme  for 2017 has opened for applications for grants of up to £20,000 for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet Ministry of Defence (MoD) priorities.
The funding is for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and:
  • help to integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

 The grant will pay for most of the things needed for the project such as people's time, buying or hiring of equipment, but will not fund general core activities of an organisatoin simply by adding members of the armed forces community to their benficiary group in order to apply for funding.

There are no application deadlines in 2017. Applications will be accepted throughout 2017 and will be considered four times over the next 12 months.
Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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 fund,  you can contact Mandy Baggaley at Gosport Borough Council for information about other local projects or potential partners on 023 9254 5695.

More information about the Armed Forces Community, their roles and responsibilities, and more about support and information available to armed forces personnel and their families can be found under Gosport Armed Forces.


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