The Government has opened the Aged Veterans Fund to Expressions of Interest from across the UK.
In August 2015, HM Treasury allocated £25 million (£5 million a year, for five years) to the Aged Veterans Fund.
The funding is aimed at projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for UK veterans born before 1 January 1950 and who live permanently in the UK. This includes veterans who have survived World War Two, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs. Projects should have a real and lasting impact on the quality of life of lives of older veterans and directly benefit them and support them. Although families and carers may also benefit from the projects indirectly, no individual may receive any cash benefit.
Priority will be given to projects which directly benefit older veterans in the following ways:
- Practical support and companionship to improve older veteran's wellbeing.
- Providing services to assist individuals in the completion of personal paperwork.
- Projects to build or enhance access to centres where elderly veterans can meet and avoid isolation.
The funding is for projects which are broadly accessible, as well as those that are targeted at the oldest and most infirm, who have clear support physical and emotional needs to live independently and avoid isolation.
The Government is 'particularly keen' to see portfolio applications from not-for-profit organisations that have a good track record of managing similar strategic partnership projects across regions and nationally. In this case, 'portfolio' refers to a 'linked collection of projects coordinated by the lead organisation and provided by suitable partner organisations'.
The lead organisation must be a registered charity with a track record of managing large strategic projects and the capacity to manage and coordinate the provision of the proposed portfolio. Both the lead partner and the portfolio partners must have expertise in the subject area and engage with the beneficiaries.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 1 July 2016 (noon).