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Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme

The Community Covenant Grant scheme has been set up to fund 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.

About the fund

The Covenant Fund is one of many funds available through government, trusts, lottery distributors, European funding and other sources.

£10 million is made available each year, and this year the funding is available for four main priorities for 2016-17:

  1. Veterans' Gateway
  2. Families in Stress
  3. Improving Local Covenant Delivery
  4. Community Integration / Delivery of local services

Who can apply?

The lead organisation can either be a registered charity or a statutory body, such as a local authority. If the application is not lead by an armed forces charity, it must have an armed forces charity as a key partner. Other types of organisation can be partners in applications. All project work must be done on a not for profit basis.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Workshops

Hampshire County Council Community Support Team is holding three workshops in September 2016 to support organisations who wish to apply to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Grant.

The workshops will focus on the priorities of the fund and discuss potential grant applications with a focus on community integration between civilian and military communities.  The Community Integration grant stream has the following priorities:

*Help integrate the armed forces and civilian communities

*Deliver valuable local services to the community.

Applications for this stream open on the 23 September and close on the 2 November 2016. Further streams will open through the year, more details about the Covenant Fund.

There will also be a presentation from the Army, Navy and Air Force Families Federations organisations which work with military families and service children. The presentation will give you the opportunity to learn about the needs of your local armed forces population and ask questions about the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. The Community support Team, with colleagues will also be on hand to discuss potential projects, partnership working and what makes a strong application.

The Workshops will be held in:-

Gosport Discovery Centre Tuesday 20 September 10-12pm

Rushmoor Fire station Wednesday 21September 10-12pm

Winchester Discovery Centre Tuesday 27 September 1.30-3.30pm

To book a place on any of the workshops or for any further information please contact: or

Timetable 2016 - 2017

Veterans Gateway Fund

The Veterans’ Gateway will be funded as a two year project, with the aim that it became self-financing within those two years.

Bid size: up to £2 million.
Who can apply? Applicants can apply either individually or on behalf of a consortium. The successful applicant will have to work closely with all current major helpline providers and ensure that the provision of a gateway to all their services is of value to them.

Application process: This will be an open grant process - not a procurement process - with initial Expressions of Interest and accompanying guidance notes. A full application stage will then lead to the selection of the successful provider.

Date Stage
5 April 2016 Applicant workshop
4 May 2016 Guidance and application form available12 November 2015
1 July 2016 Stage one application deadline17 December 2015
1 September 2016 Stage one decisions
7 December 2016 Stage two application deadline
30 March 2017 Final decisions communicated

Families in Stress

Bid size: £20,001 - £300,000
Who can apply?
Applications should be from local charities or community interest companies that provide specialist services, working in close partnership with military bases.

Application process: A two stage application process, with an expression of interest stage followed by a full application stage.

Date Stage
4 May 2016 Open for applications
22 June 2016 Stage one application deadline
1 September 2016 Stage one decisions
30 November 2016 Stage two application deadline
1 March 2017 Final decisions communicated

Improving Local Covenant delivery

Bid size: £20,000 - £500,000

Who can apply? Local Authorities (working in clusters)

Application process: This will be a detailed single stage application with a decision at the end.

No capital costs will be eligible.

Date Stage
10 July Open for applications
6 October 2016 Application deadline
1 March 2017 Decisions communicated

Further details and application process

Full details of the Covenant fund and application process

There will be a bespoke MOD application form for the small grants and an MOD form for expressions of interest for larger grants. Do not use the standard HCC application form as these will not be accepted.


For Hampshire based projects, before submitting an application to this fund it is important to speak to a County Council representative so that we can offer you impartial advice to ensure that your bid has the highest chance of success. Please contact Melissa Juniper at or call 01962 873948.