Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE COVENANT FUND – One-off grants up to £20,000 for projects that support the armed forces community (application deadline 17 December)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched Round 2 of its Covenant Fund Small Grants programme and is currently accepting applications from across the UK.  The Covenant Fund will provide £10 million each year through its small and large grants scheme. The small grants scheme is currently open. The large grants scheme will open again in 2016.

The following types of organisation can apply for a grant:
o Registered charities;
o Registered community interest companies;
o Statutory bodies; and
o Armed forces units.
Groups can apply for grants of up to £20,000.
The funding is to be used for one-off projects which have lasting impact and clear exit or sustainability strategies.
In order to be eligible, projects must clearly address one of the following MoD priorities for 2015-16, which are:
• Community integration - projects should help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK. It is expected that most projects will be for local community projects.
• The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community - projects should offer support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families across a number of areas: financial, housing, mental and physical health, employability and social support. It is expected that most projects will offer strategic solutions and be funded through the Large Grants scheme.
• Former service personnel in the criminal justice system - projects should help provide a joined up service to former members of the armed forces that come into contact with the police, courts and prisons. Although it is expected that most projects will offer strategic solutions and be funded through the Large Grants scheme, there may be some local schemes that fill gaps and would therefore be suitable for small grant awards.
Funding can cover most of the things needed for the project, including:
o Paying for people's time;
o Buying or hiring equipment; and
o Minor improvements to land or buildings.
The MoD requires ‘evidence of real engagement and partnership working - in the case of a non armed forces charity or statutory body - with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit’.
Funding cannot be used for:
o Repeat or regular projects that require a source of uncommitted funding;
o Paying for ongoing costs of existing partnership activity;
o A service that is, or should be, provided by others, such as a local authority or Government Department; or
o Projects that generate a profit or raise funds for the charitable sector.
The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday 17 December 2015.
Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

(Source: GRIN)

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