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. Applications open on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 for this year's funding.
The Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes 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 2016-17 priorities are:
- Veterans' Gateway
- Families in Stress
- Improving local covenant delivery (for Local Authorities)
- Community Integration/ delivery of local services
Priorities 2, 3 and 4 will be reviewed in two years time. Further information about each of priorities, including who can apply. how to apply and when is contained on the guidance page for Covenant Fund 2016 to 2017 Priorities.
More detailed information on the priorities, eligibility and application process will be published on 4 May 2016 when the application process opens.
In the meantime, questions can be directed to the Covenant grant team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.