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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.

Up to £30 million over 4 financial years (2011 - 2015) has been set aside by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to help communities undertake projects that promote greater understanding between the military and civilian populations.

Hampshire timetable for submission of applications

If applicants would like feedback on their bid before submission please send the draft application to at least two weeks before the Hampshire Panel deadline.

Further deadline dates for the submission of bids to the Hampshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Panel will coincide with Regional MOD deadline dates.

What type of project is eligible?

Many types of project might be supported by this fund. For a list of suggestions please see the Funding application criteria. Examples quoted include:

This list is not prescriptive so it is important to review the full guidance and to check whether your idea or project will be suitable. It is advised you contact to discuss you project and gain advice, guidance and support with your application.   

What do projects have to deliver?

The grant scheme will consider applications for projects that deliver tangible results and meet the overall aims of the Community Covenant Scheme Microsoft Word 690kb. Applications need to show a demonstrable benefit to both the Armed Forces and the civilian community, promote closer ties or a greater understanding of the military in the local community. Page 4 of the guidance sets out more details on what will not be funded.

How much can I bid for?

The grant scheme will consider applications for funding between £100 to £250,000. Partnership contributions are important and may come in different forms. This should be set out in clear and precise terms in your bid.

Who can bid?

Bids can only be submitted from areas which have a Community Covenant in place. An application for funding can be submitted by any part of the community, this might include volunteer groups, charities, public bodies such as schools, and so on.

How do I submit a bid?

The MOD guidance requires that bids are endorsed by the leading parties to the Hampshire Community Covenant. A Hampshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Panel will sit three times a year approximately 4-6 weeks in advance of the regional MOD panel. Bidders wishing their application to be considered should ensure their bid is sent to 4 - 6 weeks before the regional MOD deadline.

All bids received will be considered at the next meeting of the ‘Hampshire Community Covenant Partnership Panel’. The Panel consists of representatives of the three Armed Forces and Hampshire County Council.

Bids endorsed by the Hampshire Community Covenant Partnership Panel will be submitted to the regional MOD Panel. The armed forces covenant team and the treasury will retain oversight of the process.

Any further enquiries should be addressed to

A response will be provided as soon as possible.


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