Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Removing Barriers to Family Life

Article date
14 June 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

This programme will award grants to Armed Forces Charities or CICs or Armed Forces Units working with Armed Forces Families. The focus of the project should be on supporting the family rather than serving personnel or veterans. The lead applicant must be an armed forces charity or social enterprise, who can deliver this as a partnership with other charities and organisations.There are three key groups of people that they would like to support under this programme:

  • Young People from Armed Forces Families
  • Families and Carers of Veterans
  • Serving Families

You must choose one group to apply under. If your project will support families from two groups, chose the group which is the best fit for your activity.

There are two levels of funding available:
  • Medium grants of between £30,000 to £100,000 to support existing or new projects that meet a clear need for Armed Forces Families.
  • Large grants of between £100,001 to £300,000 with some exceptional projects potentially receiving up to £500,000. Projects will need to be able to show that they will have a transformative effect, and that the changes they achieve will be sustainable.

Grants are available for between 1 and 3 years.

Who can apply?

The application must be from either:

  • a registered charity, which meets our definition of an Armed Forces Charity
  • a Community Interest Company which meets our definition of an Armed Forces CIC or,
  • an armed forces unit with a UIN.

This organisation will be the accountable body for the grant.

Who cannot apply
  • Charities or CICs that do not, in the trusts’s view, primarily support the Armed Forces Community though they can be a partner organisation;
  • Local Authorities, schools and other public sector organisations though they can be a partner organisation;
  • Individuals cannot apply and cannot be a partner organisation.
  • Unincorporated organisations which are not registered as charities cannot apply. If they have been properly constituted under an adopted governing document and have been operating under that governing document for at least three years then they can be a partner organisation.
  • Partnerships and social enterprises that are not registered charities or Community Interest Companies cannot apply but they can work as a partner with an eligible lead applicant.
What they will fund

Most of the revenue costs that you’ll need for your project such as the support that you are
giving to Armed Forces Families, your evaluation costs, and your cross sector partnership development work.

They will not fund:
  • Capital schemes such as building an Armed Forces Families centre.
  • Topping up existing grants and aids from another Government Department.
  • Where money only benefits one person.
  • Repeat or regular projects that require a source of uncommitted funding.
  • Investments.
  • Paying for on-going costs of existing partnership activity.
  • Organisational fundraising activities.
  • Endowments (to provide a source of income)..
  • Projects, activities or services that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
  • Retrospective funding for projects that have already taken place.
  • Excessive contingency costs; management or professional fees.
Further information
  • Large grants are open for expressions of interest until 18 July 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application by 19 December 2019.
  • Medium grants are open for applications until 12 September 2019
  • Decisions on all grants will be made in February 2020
  • More information and how to apply.