Armed Forces

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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 distributers, European funding and other sources.

£10 million is made available each year, and this year the funding is available for:

  1. Community integration projects - projects which create strong local links between the armed forces and civilian communities; which overcome barriers; and improve perceptions, attitudes and understanding
  2. The coordination and delivery of support to the armed forces community - a range of support (including financial, housing, mental and physical health, employability and social support) for serving armed forces personnel, ex-service personnel, and their families
  3. Projects which address issues facing veterans in the criminal justice system - projects which help provide a joined up service to former members of the armed forces that come into contact with the police, courts and prisons.

There are 2 application routes:

  • small grants for projects requiring up to £20,000
  • large grants for projects requiring between £20,001 and £500,000

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.


Small grants programme

The small grants programme will be a single stage process with a short application form. The key dates are:

Stage Round 1 Round 2
Open for applications 13 August 2015 12 November 2015
Closing date 17 September 2015 17 December 2015
Decisions by 25 November 2015 10 March 2016

Large grants programme

For the large grants programme the key dates are:

Stage Date
Open for expressions of interest 13 August 2015
Closing date for expressions of interest 24 September 2015
Expression of interest decisions communicated and invitations to stage 2 sent out by 26 November 2015
Deadline for stage 2 applications 13 January 2016
Stage 2 decisions communicated by 10 March 2016

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.