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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

Deadline for the submission of applications to the Hampshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Panel

Date of Hampshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Panel meetings

Date for Submission to Regional MOD

Date of Regional MOD Panel meetings

20 August 2013

27 August 2013

20 September 2013

7 – 18 October 2013

17 December 2013

Early January 2014

17 January 2014

3 – 14 February 2014

17 April 2014

Early May 2014

17 May 2014

2 – 13 June 2014

19 August 2014

Early September 2014

19 September 2014

6 – 17 October 2014

16 December 2014

Early January 2015

16 January 2015

2 – 13 February 2015

If applicants would like feedback on their bid before submission please send the draft application to ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk 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:

  • projects that increase the integration of Service personnel, veterans and their families with the wider community;
  • projects that improve the health, welfare or financial literacy of Service personnel, veterans and their families;
  • an exhibition at a local library/town hall etc, explaining what a local Armed Forces unit has recently been doing (eg in Afghanistan);
  • an "oral history” project, where the local branch of a regimental association, locally based Armed Forces personnel or a specific group of Armed Forces personnel recorded their experiences or discussed them with local schoolchildren;
  • a community outreach project bringing veterans together with their non-Service equivalents to highlight what support is  

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 ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk 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?

  • check the guidance to ensure your bid is suitable.
  • complete the Community Covenant Grant Scheme application form on the MOD web page
  • submit completed bid form in electronic format to ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk Please mark your email ‘Armed Forces Community Covenant Bid’ if you need to send a hard copy it should be sent to CCBS Grants, Community Support Team, Castle Avenue (First Floor), Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL)

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 ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk 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

ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk

A response will be provided as soon as possible.