Details of two new funding programmes have been released by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to support the armed forces community.
The Force for Change Programme is a new, local grants scheme which will award one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects that seek to promote social inclusion. In its first year, the fund is particularly focussed on tackling the impact of COVID-19, helping armed forces communities to move to the 'new normal,' as well as supporting volunteers to carry out local projects. More information is available here.
Once opened, the programme will close at noon on 30 November 2020. However, to be considered in Round One, applicants will need to have submitted their applications by noon on Friday 11 September 2020 and can expect to receive a decision in the following week.
The Tackling Loneliness Programme will offer fixed, two-year grants of £70,000 to charities and community interest companies (CICs) with experience of working with armed forces communities. The new programme will focus on projects that reach those within the armed forces community who don't normally engage with available projects or services. All projects funded will also receive access to support and mentorship from experienced armed forces charities, to help their project connect with other work, and to support the delivery of their work.
This programme will make awards in a single round and applications will need to be submitted by noon on Friday 9 October 2020 to be considered. A decision on your application will be received before the end of February 2021.
The online application portal is not yet open for these programmes however, interested organisations are being encouraged to keep up to date with developments by signing up to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust newsletter (scroll to the bottom of any page of the website to sign up).