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Armed Forces Covenant Grant

Mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community

The Armed Forces Covenant Grant gives financial support to local projects that strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the armed forces community and the wider community in which they live. It is organised and run by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the government and funding is in place for the next 3 years. Bids for funding are channelled through the Westminster Armed Forces Covenant partnership.

Available funding

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the armed forces by funding projects which address specific priorities.

This funding has been set aside for large and small projects each year. Funding of between £20,000 and £300,000 is available to individual projects. There are different eligibility rules and timescales for each of the 4 priorities for this year’s fund. 

Eligible projects

The money must be spent on projects that promote the welfare of members of the armed forces community (including serving members, reserves, cadets, veterans and their families) or promote closer ties or greater understanding between the military and civilian communities in Westminster.

The 4 priorities for funding this year include:

  1. Veterans Gateway - creating a national single point of contact for information and advice for veterans.

  2. Families in stress - projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event.
  3. Improving local covenant delivery - improving the experience of local armed forces communities to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
  4. Community integration and delivery - projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant and which help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

How to apply

Applications can come from a range of organisations in the community including local authorities, charities, commercial organisations and community groups in Westminster. 

It is important to read and understand the guidance for each priority as some organisations are ineligible to apply to a particular priority.

Before applying, read the covenant fund guidance to ensure you are eligible

Contact your local partnership team to discuss your application in advance by emailing [email protected].

What happens after I submit an application?

The Westminster Armed Forces Covenant partnership will review the application to ensure that it:

  • meets the grant criteria
  • fulfils a local need
  • offers value for money

The partnership will then either:

  • endorse the application and forward it to the regional Ministry of Defence (MOD) panel for consideration which meets quarterly, or
  • return it to you with feedback

Published: 1 February 2021

Last updated: 1 February 2021